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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of New Mexico

For Immediate Release

November 28, 2011

Kenneth Gonzales, United States Attorney

Contact: Elizabeth Martinez, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, Public Affairs Officer

Albuquerque Man Sentenced to 54 Months in Prison for Federal Carjacking Conviction

Albuquerque — Today in federal court, Philip Talachy, 21, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced to 54 months in prison for his carjacking conviction. Talachy will be on supervised release for three years after he completes his prison sentence. The court also ordered Talachy to pay $1107.00 in restitution to the victim of the carjacking.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that Talachy and his co–defendant, Kenneth Ray Martinez, 26, also of Albuquerque, were charged in a two–count indictment with (1) conspiracy to commit a carjacking, and (2) carjacking. According to the indictment, on July 12, 2011, Talachy and Martinez agreed to carjack someone in order to obtain money. After arming themselves with knives, Talachy and Martinez went to a parking lot located at 3020 Morris NE in Albuquerque. There, they approached the victim, threatened to stab her with a knife, and took the victim’s black Chevrolet Tahoe by force.

On December 23, 2010, Talachy entered a guilty plea to Count 2 of the indictment, charging him with carjacking. Count 1 of the indictment was dismissed after Talachy was sentenced.

Martinez entered a guilty plea to Count 2 of the indictment on December 20, 2010, and was sentenced to 68 months in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release. Martinez also was ordered to pay $1107.00 in restitution to the victim.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman Cairns.