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Prior Felon from Albuquerque Sentenced to Prison for Unlawful Possession of Firearms and Ammunition

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Stephen Tyler Dawe, 38, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 60 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Dawe was arrested in Oct. 2014, on a criminal complaint alleging that he unlawfully possessed an unregistered firearm and ammunition on Sept. 28, 2014, in Bernalillo County, N.M.  Dawe subsequently was indicted on Oct. 7, 2014, and charged with unlawfully possessing a single shot 12 gauge weapon made from a shotgun and multiple rounds of ammunition.  At the time, Dawe was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted of shooting at or from a motor vehicle, receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On Nov. 24, 2014, Dawe pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that on Sept. 28, 2014, he was a passenger in a vehicle and was in possession of the firearm which was located at his feet in the rear passenger floorboard where he was seated.  Dawe also admitted that the firearm was loaded with ammunition and that he was carrying additional ammunition.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Albuquerque Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Mysliwiec prosecuted the case.

Updated July 14, 2015