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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Prior Felon from Valencia County Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Firearms Laws

ALBUQUERQUE – Johnny Sanchez, 39, of Los Lunas, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Sanchez will be sentenced to 72 months in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Sanchez was arrested on Sept. 9, 2014, on a federal indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.  The indictment alleged that the crimes took place on May 29, 2013, in Valencia County, N.M.

During today’s proceedings, Sanchez pled guilty to the felon in possession of a firearm charge.  In entering the guilty plea, Sanchez admitted that he was prohibited from possessing firearms on May 29, 2013, because of his previous felony convictions for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Sanchez remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Los Lunas Police Department with assistance from the 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Rumaldo R. Armijo is prosecuting the case. 

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Updated June 22, 2016