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Convicted Felon Gets 15 Years in Federal Prison
For Possessing Firearm

April 29, 2004

Las Vegas, Nev. -  A man who was arrested by Henderson Police Department Officers in December 2002, was sentenced on April 28, 2004, to a 15-year mandatory minimum term of imprisonment for his guilty plea to Felon in Possession of a Firearm, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada. 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 or affecting interstate commerce.

DANIEL TORRES CARRION, age 30, was arrested on December 21, 2002, after he was caught burglarizing a van in the area of Gibson Road and Mary Crest in Henderson, Nevada. CARRION had a concealed, loaded semi-automatic .380 handgun in a holster on his belt, and provided officers a false name and date of birth. Officers later determined through a records check that he was DANIEL CARRION, a three-time convicted felon from California. CARRION was held on state charges until January 28, 2003, when he was indicted in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas. He has been in custody since the date of his arrest.

The Court determined that under federal firearm statutes, CARRION was an "Armed Career Criminal" because he had previously been convicted of three violent felony offenses. This finding required that CARRION be sentenced to 15 years minimum in prison. On April 3, 1992, CARRION was convicted by the State of California of Assault on a Peace Officer; on October 7, 1993, CARRION was convicted by the State of California of five counts of Second Degree Robbery; and on May 5, 1993, CARRION was convicted by the State of California of Receiving Stolen Property.

CARRION must also serve five years of supervised release following his release from prison.

The case was investigated by officers with the Henderson Police Department and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments and Special Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kathleen Bliss.

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