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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Albuquerque Felon Sentenced to Prison for Violating Federal Firearms Laws

Case Prosecuted Under “Worst of the Worst” Anti-Violence Initiative

ALBUQUERQUE – Jessie Dominguez, 35, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 40 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for violating the federal firearms laws.

Dominguez was arrested in Sept. 2015, and was charged in an indictment with illegally possessing a firearm on May 11, 2015, in Bernalillo County, N.M.  At the time, Dominguez was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because she previously had been convicted for second-degree murder and forgery.  Before her federal arrest, Dominguez was facing state charges that were later dismissed in favor of federal prosecution. 

Dominguez pled guilty to the indictment on Feb. 9, 2016, without the benefit of a plea agreement.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Albuquerque Police Department with assistance from the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Presiliano Torrez prosecuted the case under a federal anti-violence initiative that targets “the worst of the worst” 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 with the goal of removing repeat offenders from communities in New Mexico for as long as possible.  Because New Mexico’s violent crime rate, on a per capita basis, is one of the highest in the nation, New Mexico’s law enforcement community is collaborating to target repeat offenders from counties with the highest violent crime rates, including Bernalillo County, N.M., under this initiative.

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Updated May 24, 2016