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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Felon from Laguna Pueblo Sentenced to Prison for Unlawfully Possessing Firearm

ALBUQUERQUE – Michael Shane Riley, 45, an enrolled member and resident of Laguna Pueblo, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 37 months in prison for violating the federal firearms laws by unlawfully possessing a firearm.  Riley will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

Riley was arrested on Jan. 23, 2017, on an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm on May 30, 2016, in Cibola County, N.M.  According to the indictment, Riley was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

On Oct. 27, 2017, Riley pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that on May 30, 2016, he possessed a firearm while on the Pueblo of Laguna in Cibola County.  Riley acknowledged that he was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he previously had been convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in 2002.

This case was investigated by the Laguna/Acoma Agency of the BIA Office of Justice Services, the Albuquerque office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Laguna Pueblo Tribal Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Novaline D. Wilson prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated May 22, 2018