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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Possessing a Firearm and Ammunition in McKinley County

ALBUQUERQUE – Cowey Edsitty, 32, of Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to violating the federal firearms laws.

Edsitty was arrested in July 2016, on an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition on May 3, 2016, in McKinley County, N.M.  According to court documents, Edsitty was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of his prior felony convictions for residential burglary, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, aggravated battery and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer.

During today’s proceedings, Edsitty pled guilty to the indictment without the benefit of a plea agreement.  At sentencing, Edsitty faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison.  He remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI and the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Elaine Y. Ramirez is prosecuting the case.

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated December 15, 2016