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Districts of Guam & the Northern Mariana Islands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 1, 2013

Rudy Gumataotao Palomo Sentenced For Felon In Possession Of A Firearm And Ammunition

United States Attorney ALICIA A.G. LIMTIACO, U.S. Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands (NMI), announced today that defendant RUDY GUMATAOTAO PALOMO was sentenced by Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood in the United States District Court, to forty six (46) months imprisonment for the offense of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and forty six (46) months imprisonment for the offense of Felon in Possession of Ammunition, both terms to run concurrently. After defendant serves his term of imprisonment, he will be placed on supervised release for three (3) years for each count, to run concurrently, and is required to pay a $200 special assessment fee, and attend a substance abuse program.  His jail term is to be served at the Bureau of Prisons facility in
Sheridan, Oregon.

On July 29, 2012, defendant RUDY GUMATATAO PALOMO was in possession of a 30.30 Marvin Lever Action Rifle which contained a chambered round of ammunition.  PALOMO then pointed the firearm at a relative.  The relative immediately called police.   Guam Police Officers pulled over PALOMO in the village of Yigo and discovered the firearm and ammunition underneath his seat. Because PALOMO has prior felony convictions in the Superior Court of Guam, he is prohibited from carrying a firearm or ammunition.

U.S. Attorney Limtiaco states “Felons are absolutely prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.  It is important to protect innocent civilians and law enforcement officers from armed convicts, and felons who possess guns or ammunition must be aware that they will face aggressive prosecution and will receive long prison sentences.”

U.S. Attorney Limtiaco noted that this prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) Initiative, a nationwide commitment to aggressively prosecute defendants who engage in drug distribution, gang involvement and violent crime.

U.S. Attorney Limtiaco commends the investigative efforts of the Guam Police Department and Task Force Officer Katrina Alconaba with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Updated January 7, 2015