Man charged in plot to kill state officials pleads guilty

News
christopher garcia_778567

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – An Albuquerque man charged in a thwarted plot to kill two top New Mexico corrections officials has pleaded guilty after reaching an agreement with federal prosecutors.

The Albuquerque Journal reports 42-year-old Christopher Garcia on Thursday entered guilty pleas in a Las Cruces federal courtroom to violent crimes in aid of racketeering conspiracy to murder, felon in possession of a firearm and racketeering conspiracy.

Garcia is expected to be sentenced to 30 years in federal prison under the agreement.

The agreement says Garcia is a member of the Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico prison gang, and he provided a gun that was to be used in the 2015 plot to kill then-Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel and another official.

Court documents say he also planned to have the assassin killed after Marcantel’s death.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Now Trending on KRQE.com

Weather

More Video Forecast

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss