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District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Las Cruces Man Sentenced to 70 Months in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Grenade

ALBUQUERQUE – Keyton Wayne Lieber, 37, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced yesterday afternoon in federal court to 70 months in prison for unlawfully possessing a destructive device.  Lieber will be on supervised release for two years after completing his prison sentence.

Lieber was arrested on Jan. 21, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with possessing a destructive device, an explosive grenade, on April 21, 2015, in Doña Ana County, N.M.  According to the complaint, New Mexico State Police (NMSP) officers found the grenade in Lieber’s residence while executing a search warrant.  Upon discovering the grenade, the NMSP Bomb Team and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were contacted to safely dispose of the destructive device. 

On June 28, 2016, Lieber pled guilty to possessing a destructive device, which was not registered to him.  Court documents indicate that inquiry into the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR) notified law enforcement that Lieber had no firearms or devices registered to him in the NFRTR.

This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the ATF and the NMSP.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy M. Castellano of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office prosecuted the case.

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated September 29, 2016