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Nov. 20, 2009

 PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED FELON SENTENCED TO LENGTHY PRISON TERM FOR POSSESSING FIREARMS

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – A Corpus Christi man previously convicted of felony offenses will be serving 15 years in federal prison without parole for possessing firearms, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.

Joe Anthony Hinojosa, 50, of Corpus Christi, who pleaded guilty in September 2009 to being a felon in possession of firearms, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janis Graham Jack. Judge Jack sentenced Hinojosa to 180 months in federal prison without parole to be followed by a three-year-term of supervised release. Hinojosa has several prior state court felony convictions and federal law prohibits a convicted felon from possessing a firearm. The sentence handed down today takes into consideration Hinojosa’s prior criminal history which resulted in his being sentenced as an armed career criminal under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.  

The charge stems from an investigation conducted by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Corpus Christi Police Department. Hinojosa was arrested after being found in possession of several firearms that had been previously stolen by others during a residential burglary in October 2008 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

In federal custody since July 2009, Hinojosa will remain in custody and serve his sentence at a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Watt.

 

 

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