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Fallon Woman Pleads Guilty in Federal Court To Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

November 26, 2002

Reno, Nev. - Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada, and Thomas J. Cannon, Resident Agent-in-Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for the Reno Field Office, announce that SUSAN MARIE TEJEDA, aka SUSAN MARIE SHAW, age 38, a resident of Fallon, Nevada, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court in Reno to one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, a violation of Title 18, United States Code ยง 922(g)(1). The charge carries a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. TEJEDA was indicted in U.S. District Court in Reno on August 7, 2002, and charged with two counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Pursuant to a plea agreement, the other count will be dismissed at sentencing.

According to the court records, on December 12, 2001, TEJEDA, a convicted felon, possessed a Harrington & Richardson .22 caliber revolver and a Harrington & Richardson .410 gauge shotgun. Under Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1), it is unlawful for any person who has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year to ship or transport a firearm in interstate commerce. The two firearms were among items stolen in a residential burglary in Fallon, Nevada, on December 3, 2001. TEJEDA was convicted in Churchill County for that burglary, as well as for grand larceny and being under the influence of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). TEJEDA has not yet been sentenced on the Churchill County charges. She failed to obey a court order that she enter a treatment center in the Lake Tahoe area, and was a fugitive on those charges at the time the federal Indictment was returned.

On October 1, 2002, TEJEDA was arrested in California. She is currently in federal custody and scheduled to be sentenced on the federal charges on February 21, 2002, at 9:15 a.m., in Reno, Nevada, before United States District Court Judge Howard D. McKibben.

The case is being investigated by Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sue Fahami.

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