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Pueblo Man Sentenced for Being a Prior Felon in Possession of a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Colorado

DENVER — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announces that Angel Castro of Pueblo, CO, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Moore to serve 120 months in prison for possessing a firearm after previously being convicted of a felony.  Castro pled guilty to the present charge on April 22, 2021.

After threatening another individual on social media over the course of several days, Castro shot the person in the back of the head. The shooting occurred on July 10, 2020, while the victim was driving his car in Pueblo.  Because he was able to quickly obtain medical treatment, the victim survived.  When officers arrested Castro on August 31, 2020, they found a loaded firearm.  Forensic examination connected the recovered firearm to a shell casing recovered from the shooting.  Castro had previously been convicted of a felony offense.   

“Angel Castro’s callous willingness to shoot another person made him an obvious danger to the community,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Matt Kirsch.  “The U.S. Attorney’s Office will pursue any available federal charges to get dangerous criminals like him off the streets.”

“Part of law enforcement’s efforts to reduce violent crime is removing weapons from convicted felons like Angel Castro, who have demonstrated a propensity for violence against others," said FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider.  "The ten-year sentence in this case should serve notice of the FBI’s commitment to the Pueblo community and to our continued work with the Pueblo Police Department, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to make our community safer for everyone.”

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pueblo Police Department and prosecuted by the Violent Crime and Immigration Section of the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Case No. 20-cr-00323-RM

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Updated July 12, 2021

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