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Hobbs Man Sentenced for Cyberstalking and Federal Firearms Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

Albuquerque – A federal judge sentenced a Hobbs man to federal prison for cyberstalking Jane Doe and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition which he used to shoot and murder her in 2022. Guadalupe Antonio Navarrete, 37, of Hobbs, New Mexico, was sentenced to 25 years in prison followed by 6 years of supervised release.

There is no parole in the federal system.

According to court documents, on Nov. 18, 2022, deputies from the Lea County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to Navarrete’s residence in Hobbs following a report of an unwanted subject on the premises. Upon arrival, they discovered Jane Doe deceased from a gunshot wound to the temple in the driver’s seat of her vehicle.

In the days and weeks preceding her death, Navarrete had sent multiple threatening text messages and voicemails to Jane Doe, including a threat to shoot her mere hours before she was killed and a threating voicemail only minutes before shooting her.

Investigators determined that Navarrete was sitting in the rear passenger seat of Jane Doe’s vehicle when he fired a gun through front passenger headrest, striking her through the temple while she was seated in the driver’s seat and leaning over the front passenger area.

On March 10, 2023, Navarrete pled guilty to cyberstalking resulting in life threatening bodily injury and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, made the announcement today.

The case was investigated by the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office with assistance from the Lea County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Joni Autrey Stahl and Mark A. Saltman prosecuted the case.

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Updated March 21, 2024

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Press Release Number: 24-110