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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Albuquerque Felon Sentenced to Eight Years for 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., was sentenced today in federal court to 96 months (eight years) of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release for violating the federal firearms laws by being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) 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. 

On May 3, 2018, 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 that 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. 

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 prosecuted 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 violent or repeat offenders primarily based on their prior criminal convictions for federal prosecution offenders with the goal of making communities in New Mexico safer places for people to live and work.

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated August 3, 2018