San Juan County Felon Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Firearms Laws
ALBUQUERQUE – Justin Krantz, 32, of Aztec, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Krantz will be sentenced to 57 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
Krantz arrested in Nov. 2016, on an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition on May 4, 2016, in San Juan County, N.M. According to the indictment, Krantz was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of his prior conviction on drug trafficking charges.
During today’s proceedings, Krantz pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that on May 4, 2016, he was in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Krantz further admitted that he was prohibited from being in possession of firearms or ammunition because of his prior felony convictions. Krantz 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 San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eva Fontanez is prosecuting the case.