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Honduran Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Illegal Possession Ammunition

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

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Honduran man illegally residing in Birmingham for illegal possession of ammunition, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Katrina W. Berger.

U.S. District Court Judge Annmarie C. Axon sentenced Robert Ivan Salgado, 26, to 24 months in prison.  Salgado pleaded guilty to one count of being an illegal alien in possession of ammunition in January 2023. 

According to the plea agreement, on September 19, 2022, Salgado and the victim, his children’s mother, were arguing and he pulled a gun and shot her in the face. Salgado then transported the victim to Princeton Baptist Medical Center. Upon arrival, Birmingham Police officers were called to a report of a person who had been shot.  After questioning Salgado, the officer requested that dispatch send evidence technicians to the apartment where the shooting occurred. A search warrant was executed on the residence and officers recovered three boxes of .389 caliber ammunition from the dryer in the living room. Salgado was prohibited from possessing ammunition because he is an illegal alien.

“The reckless actions of this defendant wounded one and put the lives of innocent children in danger,” said U.S. Attorney Escalona. “My office will not tolerate prohibited persons possessing firearms and ammunition, especially when it leads to domestic violence. I commend the work of our law enforcement partners in bringing this defendant to justice.”

HSI investigated the case along with assistance from the Birmingham Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kristy Peoples and Darius Greene prosecuted the case.

Updated April 21, 2023

Firearms Offenses