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Jury Convicts Felon Who Robbed Bar and Shot Patron in April

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November 4, 2009

Las Vegas, Nev. – A Las Vegas man who robbed the Lucky Nickel Saloon in April and shot a patron in the leg while doing so, was convicted by a federal jury today of robbery and firearm charges, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Following a three-day jury trial, Brian Fierro, 48, of Las Vegas, was convicted of one count each of interference with commerce by robbery and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and two counts of felon in possession of a firearm.

On April 8, 2009, at approximately 12:20 a.m., the Lucky Nickel Saloon, located at 2075 Palm Street in Las Vegas, was robbed by a masked man carrying a large silver revolver. During the robbery, the robber shot one of the patrons, causing permanent nerve damage to his leg. The bullet went through the victim's leg and was recovered from a wall in the bar. The masked robber then took approximately $400 from one of the bar's registers and fled. The robbery was caught on video by the bar's surveillance system. The following day, April 9, 2009, an individual reported to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro) detective that a man named Brian Fierro was in possession of a revolver that had recently been used in a bar robbery and was trying to sell it. The Metro detective then told the individual to have Fierro contact another Metro detective who worked undercover as a gun buyer and seller. Five days later, on April 13, 2009, Fierro sold a .357 Magnum revolver to that undercover detective. The gun was matched to a bullet recovered from the scene of the saloon robbery. At the time of the gun sale, Fierro was a five-time convicted felon, with prior convictions for robbery and armed robbery, drug possession, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Fierro is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roger L. Hunt on January 22, 2010. The sentence for discharging the firearm during a crime of violence is at least 10 years in prison, to be served consecutively to any other sentence of imprisonment, and up to a $250,000 fine. Fierro also faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the robbery charge and up to 10 years in prison on each felon in possession charge.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Drew Smith and Lucas M. Foletta.

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