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Richard Fierro, 43, of Roswell, pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces to federal kidnapping and firearms charges.

Fierro’s plea agreement recommends a sentence of 15 years in prison, followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Fierro was arrested in November 2016, on charges of violating the federal firearms laws on Oct. 28, 2016, in Eddy County. According to the complaint, Fierro forced two children into his vehicle at gunpoint, wrecked the vehicle, and attempted to flee the scene before being arrested by Carlsbad Police Department officers. Officers found a firearm, ammunition, and marijuana in Fierro’s vehicle during their search. During a subsequent execution of a search warrant on Fierro’s residence, officers seized ammunition, suspected quantities of cocaine and heroin, and drug paraphernalia.

Fierro was indicted Feb. 15 and charged with kidnapping two victims and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition due to a previous conviction on cocaine trafficking, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute charges.

Fierro remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.