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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Carlsbad Woman Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Firearms Laws

ALBUQUERQUE – Deloris Lozuaway, 61, of Carlsbad, N.M., pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to being a felon in possession of firearms.   The guilty plea was entered without the benefit of a plea agreement.

Lozuaway was arrested on Aug. 11, 2014, in Denver, Colo., by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and transferred to New Mexico to face the charges in an indictment alleging that she unlawfully possessed a firearm on Feb. 15, 2013 and on March 7, 2013, in Eddy County, N.M.  According to court filings, Lozuaway was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because she previously had been convicted of false pretenses and armed robbery.

Lozuaway entered a guilty plea to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and admitted possessing rifles in Feb. 2013 and March 2013.  Lozuaway also acknowledged that she was prohibited from possessing firearms because she was a convicted felon.

Lozuaway has been in federal custody since her arrest and remains detained pending her sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.  At sentencing, Lozuaway faces a statutory maximum sentence of ten years in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Luis A. Martinez of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.

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Updated February 26, 2015