Albuquerque teen pleads guilty to murder charge in apartment complex shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Two years ago, a pregnant woman was among five people shot at an Albuquerque apartment complex. The woman survived, but her baby did not.

On Wednesday, 17-year-old Adam Herrera admitted to pulling the trigger.

Judge: “Mr. Herrera I have received a plea and disposition agreement.”

Herrera now admits to firing more than two dozen shots at a southeast Albuquerque apartment complex in May 2020, when he was just 15 years old.

Five people were hit, including a woman who was seven months pregnant.

Herrera was charged with murder for the death of the woman’s baby, who breathed for a short time following an emergency c-section.

Judge: “Mr. Herrera is that your signature on the plea agreement?” 

Herrera: “Yes, ma’am.”

With the plea agreement, Herrera pleads guilty to a charge of first-degree “depraved mind” murder.

Judge: “Have the victim’s family been consulted with regard to the plea agreement?” 

Prosecutor: “They have, your honor.”

Under the plea agreement, multiple counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon are dropped, along with a gun charge.

Herrera faces a minimum of five years in prison with a cap of 18 years.

Judge: “How do you plead to count one, first-degree murder depraved mind? 

Herrera: “Guilty.”

Judge: “I will accept the plea agreement.”

A sentencing date has not been set yet.