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Edinburg Man Sent to Prison for Receiving Weapons with Intent to Assault

Dec. 12, 2012

McALLEN, Texas – David Villanueva, 21, will be serving an nearly nine years in prison following his conviction for receiving firearms with the intent to commit a felony, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today along with Melvin King Jr., special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Villanueva pleaded guilty Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.

Today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Villanueva a prison term of 105 months with no parole. She further ordered him to serve a three-year-term of supervised release following completion of his prison term. In handing down the sentence, Judge Alvarez noted, based on the evidence presented in the case, that Villanueva’s intent in receiving the firearms was not just to commit assault, but murder.

Villanueva admitted that on Friday, July 13, 2012, he accepted delivery and signed for a package containing three Glock handguns. He further acknowledged he intended to use at least one of them to commit assault with a deadly weapon - using a deadly weapon to threaten or cause imminent bodily injury to another person.

According to court records, ATF agents arrested Villanueva when they found the three Glocks at his Edinburg residence while executing a search warrant. Villanueva had threatened some people and subsequently requested that three Glocks be shipped to him from Indiana and that one of them be small and easily concealable.

Villanueva will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

ATF investigated this case with the assistance of the Edinburg Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Sully prosecuted the case.