Jury Convicts Mexican National of Receiving Firearm While Under Indictment
|Jan. 5, 2012|
McALLEN, Texas – A federal jury has convicted a Mexican national of receiving a firearm while under felony indictment, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
Juan Jesus Acevedo-Gallegos, 42, a legal permanent resident alien, was found guilty less than an hour ago by a McAllen jury following a two-day trial and less than 30 minutes of deliberation. U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez, who presided over the trial, accepted the jury’s verdict and has set sentencing for March 20, 2012.
During the trial, the United States presented evidence that Acevedo was charged after a search of his residence on Aug. 26, 2011, in Rio Grande City, Texas, resulted in federal agents seizing a short barrel firearm located under a bed in his residence. According to witnesses, Acevedo admitted to receiving the firearm the day prior to the search, but claimed the gun had been “pawned” to him and that he was not the owner. Criminal records revealed Acevedo had been placed on deferred adjudication probation for a period of four years in Starr County, Texas, on Aug. 27, 2009, for burglary of a habitation. Federal law prohibits a person from receiving firearms while under felony indictment.
Acevedo faces a maximum of five years imprisonment. He has been in federal custody without bond since his Oct. 31, 2011, arrest and will remain in custody pending sentencing.
The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Starr County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Juan Villescas and Cory J. H. Crenshaw are prosecuting the case.