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March 6, 2009


(LAREDO, Texas) – A Laredo man convicted of possessing with possessing a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony, has been sentenced to prison, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Gilberto Ancira, 29,of Laredo, pleaded guilty to the federal firearms offense in October 2008. Yesterday, he was sentenced to six years in federal prison, without parole, by U.S. District Judge George P. Kazen.

On the morning of Feb. 15, the Laredo Police Department (LPD) responded to a 911 call of domestic disturbance at Ancira’s house located at the 4000 block of Guadalajara Street in Laredo, Texas. LPD SWAT team officers approached the defendant’s house, and after having obtained consent, eventually entered the house and found that the defendant was not present. On the bed in the defendant’s bedroom, officers found and seized a Ratmil AK-47 type rifle. Officers also found and seized a digital video recording (DVR) device which recorded views from cameras placed all around Ancira’s house. A review of the DVR recordings showed that on the early morning hours of Feb. 15, Ancira recorded and can be seen walking around inside the house with the AK-47 rifle slung to his shoulder. Ancira was arrested on July 30, 2008.

Ancira has a prior felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance in 2003 in the 49th Judicial District Court in Webb County, Texas. Ancira has been held in federal custody without bond since his arrest and will remain in custody to serve his sentence.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide commitment to reduce gun and gang crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun and gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful. Since its inception in 2001, approximately $2 billion has been committed to this initiative. This funding is being used to hire new federal and state prosecutors, support investigators, provide training, distribute gun lock safety kits, deter juvenile gun crime and develop and promote community outreach efforts as well as to support other gun and gang violence reduction strategies.

The case was investigated by special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, LPD and the United Independent School District Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roberto F. Ramirez.



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