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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Albuquerque Felon Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

Defendant Drew Loaded Firearm While Being Pursued by Deputy U.S. Marshal

ALBUQUERQUE – Daniel Penrod, 29, of Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to violating the federal firearms laws by being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  Penrod entered the guilty plea under a plea agreement that recommends a sentence within the range of 87 to 108 months imprisonment followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested Penrod in Jan. 2018, on a criminal complaint that charged Penrod with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition on Jan. 16, 2018, in Bernalillo County, N.M.  According to the criminal complaint, while Deputy U.S. Marshals were executing an arrest warrant on Penrod for a probation violation, Penrod attempted to flee.  During the pursuit that ensued, Penrod turned towards a Deputy U.S. Marshal and drew a loaded firearm out of his waistband, whereupon the Deputy U.S. Marshal disarmed and arrested Penrod. 

During today’s proceedings, Penrod pled guilty to a felony information charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  In entering the guilty plea, Penrod admitted he possessed a firearm, which he pulled from his waistband as he turned toward the Deputy U.S. Marshal who was pursuing him on Jan. 16, 2018.  Penrod acknowledged that at the time, he was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of his prior felony convictions for receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, 2nd degree murder, and battery upon a police officer. 

Penrod has been in custody since his arrest and will remain in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly A. Brawley is prosecuting the case as part of a federal anti-violence initiative that targets violent, repeat offenders for federal prosecution.  Under this initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies work with New Mexico’s District Attorneys and state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to target for federal prosecution violent or repeat offenders with the goal of removing them from communities in New Mexico for as long as possible.

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Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated May 3, 2018