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Second bank robbery suspect pleads guilty

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According to a U.S. Department of Justice press release, Montoya -- along with co-defendants Jennifer Marissa Miera, 23, of Questa, and Shawn Michael Goodrum Jr., 20, of Pima, Arizona -- were arrested in October 2016 and charged for robbing the Peoples Bank located at 121 East Main St. in Red River on Oct. 6, 2016.

According to the complaint, Miera conspired with Montoya to rob the bank on Oct. 6, 2016. At the time, Miera was employed as a personal banker by the bank. The complaint alleged that Miera also attempted to solicit Goodrum's help in the bank robbery conspiracy. Instead, Goodrum allegedly blackmailed Miera into giving him part of the proceeds from the robbery.

Miera, Montoya and Goodrum were indicted Nov. 1, 2016. The three-count indictment charged Miera and Montoya with conspiracy to rob the bank and with bank robbery - and Goodrum with receiving proceeds from the bank robbery.

Montoya pleaded guilty to the first count of the indictment charging him with conspiracy. In entering the guilty plea, Montoya admitted that from Oct. 5-11, 2016, he acted with Miera and helped her facilitate the October robbery of the Peoples Bank in Red River. Montoya did so by meeting with Miera to plan the bank robbery, purchasing disguise items, preparing a demand note and serving as the getaway driver of the bank robbery, according to court documents.

A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled. Montoya faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.

On March 14, 2017, Miera pleaded guilty to the first and second counts of the indictment charging her with conspiracy and bank robbery without the benefit of a plea agreement. A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled. She faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

Goodrum pleaded not guilty and will be tried May 22 in Santa Fe.

Following the robbery, Marshal David Smith, working with Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe, began focusing on the two suspects based on preliminary statements and evidence presented at the beginning of the investigation. The investigation was a joint effort among the Red River Marshal's Office, the Taos County Sheriff's Office and Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul H. Spiers.

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