Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Farmington Man Sentenced to Prison for Robbing Bank in March 2015
ALBUQUERQUE – Richard Allen Buckner, 23, of Farmington, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 24 months in federal prison for his bank robbery conviction. Buckner will be on supervised release for three years following his incarceration.
Buckner was arrested on March 20, 2015, on a criminal complaint alleging that he robbed the First Convenience Bank- East Banking Center located in the Walmart store located at 4600 East Main Street in Farmington on March 18, 2015. According to the complaint, a man later identified as Buckner approached a bank teller with a handwritten note demanding cash. After obtaining cash from the bank teller, Buckner left in a vehicle. Thereafter two witnesses contacted the Farmington Police Department and identified Buckner as the bank robber after viewing surveillance photographs. The investigation revealed that Buckner used part of the money from the bank robbery to make a down payment on a vehicle.
Buckner was subsequently indicted on a bank robbery charge on April 14, 2015. On Sept. 1, 2015, Buckner entered a guilty plea to the indictment without the benefit of a plea agreement.
This case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI and the Farmington Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Mysliwiec prosecuted the case.