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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mescalero Apache Man Sentenced to Thirty-Seven Months in Federal Prison for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

ALBUQUERQUE – Gary Raymond Ahidley, Jr., 28, a member and resident of the Mescalero Apache Nation, was sentenced this morning in Las Cruces federal court to 37 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and DuWayne W. Honahni, Sr., Special Agent in Charge of District IV of BIA’s Office of Justice Services.

Ahidley pleaded guilty on April 11, 2013, to unlawfully possessing a firearm in Nov. 2010, in Otero County, N.M.  At the time, Ahidley was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted on federal assault charges in Feb. 2007 and ordered to serve a 41 month prison sentence.

During his plea hearing, Ahidley admitted possessing a Luger 9 mm handgun in Nov. 2010.  Court records reflect that BIA agents learned about the firearm in Dec. 2010 from a Mescalero woman who reported that Ahidley had assaulted her on Nov. 30, 2010.  Based on information provided by the victim, the BIA agents were able to retrieve the weapon from a residence on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

This case was investigated by the Mescalero Agency of the BIA Office of Justice Services and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mick I.R. Gutierrez and Marisa A. Lizarraga of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.

Updated January 26, 2015