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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Farmington Man Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Firearms Laws

ALBUQUERQUE – Michael Graham, 42, of Farmington, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Graham was charged in an indictment on Aug. 26, 2014, with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition on Feb. 9, 2014 in San Juan County, N.M.  Graham was prohibited at the time from being in possession of firearms or ammunition because he had previously been convicted of accessory to bringing contraband into a jail, aggravated assault, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

During today’s proceedings, Graham pled guilty to the indictment under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  In entering the guilty plea, Graham admitted that on Feb. 9, 2014, in Farmington, he possessed a loaded pistol with an obliterated serial number.  Graham admitted knowing that as a convict felon, he was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

At sentencing, Graham faces a statutory maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison followed by up to three years of supervised release.  Graham remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Albuquerque Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Mysliwiec.

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Updated July 8, 2015