ABQ man pleads guilty to armed robberies

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a string of armed robberies and a home invasion.

Between 2012 and 2013, 20-year-old Joel Meeks was involved in a rash of crimes across Bernalillo County.

He pulled a gun on an employee at an Albuquerque smoke shop demanding cash.

The next day, he held up a convenience store and fired a shot before he left.

And a month later, Meeks hog-tied a victim and left him to drown in a bathtub. The victim survived.

Meeks faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced.

His co-defendant Raul Ortega pleaded guilty last month. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

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