Man accused of killing Rio Rancho officer indicted on federal gun charges

Andrew Romero
Andrew Romero

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)Andrew Romero, accused cop killer of Rio Rancho officer Gregg Benner, has been indicted for unlawful possession of guns and ammunition by a grand jury.

Romero had been prohibited to have guns after being convicted of multiple felonies.

If convicted, he faces 10 years in prison. However, if the court rules he’s a habitual violent offender, he faces a mandatory 15 years and could face up to life in prison. He’s also facing a possible life sentence without the possibility of parole for Officer Benner’s murder.

Romero was arrested on May 26 on state charges but will be transferred into federal custody.

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