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Albuquerque Man Sentenced to One Hundred Months in
Federal Prison for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

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June 12, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE – Michael Segura, 36, was sentenced this afternoon to 100 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Segura’s sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and Thomas G. Atteberry, Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Segura was indicted in May 2012 and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition in March 2012, in Bernalillo County, N.M.  According to the indictment, Segura was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted of two robberies and one escape from jail in the 2nd Judicial District Court for the State of New Mexico.  Segura was arrested in Sept. 2012, after he was transferred from state custody into federal custody.  He has been in federal custody since that time.
   
According to court filings, Segura was arrested on state charges on March 26, 2013, after his estranged wife called 911 and reported that Segura had discharged a firearm through the window of her apartment, placing her in fear for her safety and the safety of her three-year-old child.  At the time, she had a valid order of protection against Segura.  Court records reflect that, in addition to the three aforementioned felony convictions, Segura previously had been convicted of five separate domestic violence offenses between 1998 and 2011.  The state charges that arose out of this incident were dismissed after Segura was arrested on the federal indictment.

Segura pled guilty to the indictment on March 20, 2013, without the benefit of a plea agreement and admitted unlawfully possessing a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol on March 26, 2012, in Bernalillo County, N.M. 

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Explosives and Firearms and the Albuquerque Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Walsh and Raul Torrez as part of a federal anti-violence initiative that targets “the worst of the worst” offenders for federal prosecution.  Under this anti-violence initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies work with New Mexico’s District Attorneys and state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to target violent or repeat offenders for federal prosecution with the goal of removing repeat offenders from communities in New Mexico for as long as possible.

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