Prior Felon from Valencia County Sentenced to Prison for Violating Federal Firearms Laws
ALBUQUERQUE – Johnny Sanchez, 39, of Los Lunas, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 72 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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.
On June 22, 2016, 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 prosecuted the case.