A Springfield man pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to charges in connection with armed robbery of a convenience store and guns.
The Department of Justice told 22News 30-year-old Emilio Rivera pleaded guilty to one count of interference with commerce by robbery, one count of using a gun in relation to a crime of violence, and one count of being a felon in possession of a gun and ammunition.
A sentencing date has been scheduled for July 9.
On November 14, Rivera and his alleged partner, Alfredo Aldeco, 32, of Holyoke, robbed a clerk in a West Springfield convenience store at gunpoint. After taking cash and cigarettes, Aldeco allegedly warned the clerk, “If you call the cops, I will come back and kill you.”
An investigation led police to Rivera’s home, where they executed a search warrant and found the gun used in the robbery along with another gun and ammunition. According to the court, Rivera was prohibited from possessing a gun or ammunition due to a prior felony conviction at the time.
Rivera could spend up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000, for the robbery and using a gun in relation to a crime. The charge of being a felon in possession of a gun and ammunition provides a sentence of no more than 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.
Rivera’s alleged partner, Adelco, pleaded guilty and is awaiting trial.