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Dec. 21, 2009


(McALLEN, Texas) - Previously convicted felon Leonardo Jimenez, 39, of Pharr, Texas, has been sentenced to serve 27 months in federal prison for possessing a total of 22,480 rounds of ammunition, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.  

Jimenez was convicted in October 2009 after pleading guilty to possessing more 4,500 rounds of 7.62x39mm ammunition and 500 rounds of .223 ammunition found in his car following a traffic stop by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in July 2009. Today, United States District Judge Randy Crane handed down the prison term to be followed by a three-year-term of supervised release. 

Jimenez was convicted in 2000 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. As a convicted felon, he is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition. In handing down today’s sentence, the court also held Jimenez accountable for 17,480 rounds of ammunition discovered at Jimenez’s residence by investigating agents.

Jimenez has been in federal custody without bond since his arrest in July 2009 and will remain in custody to serve his sentence.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Steven Schammel.



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