Roswell m an pleads guilty to federal firearms charge
LAS CRUCES – Earlier today, Gary Montoya, 27, of Roswell, pled guilty to anindictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Montoya admitted that he possessed a .40 caliber pistol and ammunition on June 23, 2010, in Roswell. In 2005, Montoya was convicted of aggravated assault on a police officer in the Fifth Judicial District Court in Chaves County.
United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that Montoya was arrested on a criminal complaint filed on August 5, 2010, and has been in custody since his arrest. According to the criminal complaint, a Roswell police officer stopped Montoya for disorderly conduct. After discovering that Montoya was driving on a suspended license, the officer arrested Montoya and during an inventory search of the car found the loaded handgun in the center console.
Montoya could receive a sentence of up to ten years of imprisonment and three years of supervised release.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Roswell Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacob Wishard.