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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Farmington Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

ALBUQUERQUE – Yesterday afternoon, Vincent Thomas Montoya, 30, of Farmington, N.M., was sentenced to a 24-month term of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Montoya was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number in a two-count indictment filed in July 2012.  The indictment alleged that on Jan. 5, 2011, Montoya possessed a revolver with an obliterated serial number in San Juan County, N.M.  At the time, Montoya was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted of breaking and entering in the 11th Judicial District Court for the State of New Mexico.

Montoya pled guilty in Dec. 2012 to Count 1 of the indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  In his plea agreement, Montoya admitted that on Jan. 5, 2011, he possessed a firearm with an obliterated serial number in Farmington, and further admitted selling the firearm to another person on that day.

The case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Farmington Police Department, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and the Bloomfield Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Walsh.

Updated January 26, 2015