Albuquerque Felon Sentenced to Prison for Violating Federal Firearms Laws
ALBUQUERQUE – Cesar Rascon Sierra, 27, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced today in Santa Fe, N.M., to 24 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sierra will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested Sierra on Feb. 14, 2017, on an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition on Nov. 24, 2015, in Bernalillo County, N.M. According to the indictment, Sierra was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of his prior felony convictions for auto burglary, unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, and possession of a controlled drug without a tax stamp affixed.
On June 22, 2017, Sierra pled guilty to the indictment. In entering the guilty plea, Sierra admitted that he was in possession of a stolen pistol, a revolver, and multiple rounds of ammunition on Nov. 24, 2015, when police found him asleep and slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle which was illegally parked facing north in a southbound lane with the car engine running. Sierra acknowledged that he was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition on Nov. 24, 2015, because of his prior felony convictions.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Albuquerque Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rumaldo R. Armijo.