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District of New Mexico

Thursday, October 12, 2017

El Paso Man Sentenced for Using Interstate Communications to Threaten Las Cruces Police Officers

ALBUQUERQUE – Sean Stinson, 33, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to time-served (406 days) in custody for using interstate communications to threaten the lives and safety of Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) officers.  Stinson will be on supervised release for three years.


Stinson was arrested on Sept. 2, 2016, for making telephone calls from El Paso to individuals in Las Cruces during which he threatened the lives of LCPD officers.  According to the criminal complaint, Stinson had several telephone calls, including some which were recorded, with LCPD officers during which Stinson threatened to shoot, kill and otherwise injure specific officers. 


Stinson subsequently was indicted on Sept. 21, 2016, and was charged with seven counts of transmitting interstate communications with intent to threaten to injure another person.  According to the indictment, Stinson committed the crimes between Aug. 24, 2016 and Sept. 2, 2016.


On July 24, 2017, Stinson pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that on Aug. 24 and 25, 2016, he made several telephone calls from El Paso to the LCPD during which he threatened to injure an LCPD officer.  Stinson acknowledged that he intended his calls to be perceived as threats.


This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and the LCPD.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron O. Jordan of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office prosecuted the case.

Updated October 12, 2017