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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Previously convicted felon from Santa Ana Pueblo pleads guilty to illegally possessing firearm possession in Indian Country

           ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  – Jose Rueben Garcia, 37, of Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court today to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

           According to public court documents, Garcia committed the offense in Sandoval County on June 22, 2019.  Garcia ran into his neighbor’s house carrying a firearm while appearing to be under the influence of drugs. Garcia was sweating and wearing no shirt or shoes.  He claimed two assailants were pursuing him and needed to fire his weapon to ward them off.  Garcia attempted to point out the assailants from a neighbor’s window but no one was there. Santa Ana Police responded to the scene and arrested Garcia, who could not lawfully possess any firearms due to a previous felony conviction for aggravated battery.  

           Garcia is currently in custody awaiting sentencing.  He faces 10 years in prison.

           The Pueblo of Santa Ana Police Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services – Branch of Criminal Investigations investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas J. Aliberti is prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
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Press Release Number: 
20-113
Updated July 1, 2020