- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A Las Cruces man has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the 2012 firebombing of a tattoo parlor.

Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Conrad Vasquez Salazar pleaded guilty during a hearing Monday to charges of conspiracy and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

As part of his plea agreement, he faces 20 years in prison. His sentencing has yet to be scheduled.

Salazar and three other co-conspirators were charged in a series of complaints and indictments following the Aug. 31, 2012 firebombing of Irish Ink Tattoo. Salazar admitted producing two Molotov cocktails at his home and instructing his co-conspirators on how to use them.

Prosecutors say Salazar’s criminal record includes convictions for residential burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and aggravated battery on a peace officer.


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