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Fallon Woman Indicted in Federal Court In Reno for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2002

Reno, Nev. - Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada, and Thomas J. Cannon, Resident Agent-in-Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for the Reno Field Office, announced that SUSAN MARIE TEJEDA, aka SUSAN MARIE SHAW, age 38 and a resident of Fallon, Nevada, was charged by a federal grand jury last week with two counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, violations of Title 18 United States Code § 922(g)(1). According to the Indictment filed on August 7, 2002, in U.S. District Court in Reno, on December 12, 2001, TEJEDA, a convicted felon, possessed a Harrington & Richardson .22 caliber revolver and a Harrington & Richardson .410 gauge shotgun. Under Title 18 United States Code, Section 922(g)(1), it is unlawful for any person who has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year to ship or transport a firearm in interstate commerce. The two firearms were among items stolen in a residential burglary in Fallon, Nevada, on December 3, 2001. TEJEDA was convicted in Churchill County for that burglary, as well as for grand larceny, and being under the influence of a controlled substance (methamphetamine); however, she failed to obey a court order that she enter a treatment center in the Lake Tahoe area and is now a fugitive on those charges. An arrest warrant for TEJEDA has been issued on the federal indictment.

If convicted, TEJEDA is facing a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years for each count and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be dictated by the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of factors and will be imposed at the discretion of the Court.

The case is being investigated by Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tony White.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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