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Vanderwagen, N.M., Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Darryl L. Alexius, 37, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Vanderwagen, N.M., pled guilty this morning to an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Alexius was indicted on Oct. 23, 2012, and charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition on May 12, 2012 in McKinley County, N.M. At the time, Alexius was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition because he previously had been convicted of aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

During today’s plea hearing, Alexius admitted that he possessed a shotgun and shotgun shells on May 17, 2012. Court records reflect that Alexius committed this offense in Jones Ranch, N.M.

At sentencing, Alexius faces a maximum penalty of ten years of imprisonment. His sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.

The case was investigated by the Crownpoint Division of the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Novaline D. Wilson.

Updated January 26, 2015