Los Lunas Man Sentenced to 2 Years for Federal Gun Charge
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico
ALBUQERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced today that Diego Fernandez was sentenced to 28 months in prison. Fernandez, 24, of Los Lunas, pled guilty in federal court on March 7, 2022, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Fernandez was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 15, 2021. According to the plea agreement and other court records, on April 7, 2021, when the New Mexico State Police (NMSP) attempted to execute a traffic stop, Fernandez fled, driving recklessly and towards oncoming traffic. NMSP canceled the pursuit for safety reasons when Fernandez entered a residential neighborhood but continued to monitor his location from a helicopter. When Fernandez parked, officers from NMSP approached him again and were able to apprehend him after a short foot chase.
At the time of his arrest, Fernandez possessed a loaded firearm. As a convicted felon, Fernandez could not legally possess a firearm or ammunition.
Upon his release from prison, Fernandez will be subject to 3 years of supervised release.
The FBI’s Albuquerque Violent Crime and Gang Task Force (VCGTF) investigated this case with assistance from the New Mexico State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Samuel A. Hurtado is prosecuting the case.
Updated July 24, 2023
Press Release Number: 23-158