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Southern District of Texas

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Brownsville Man Sent to Prison on Firearms Charges

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 40-year-old Brownsville resident has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Isaac Pedraza pleaded guilty Jan. 11, 2017.


Today, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen handed Pedraza an 87-month sentence to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. At the hearing, Judge Hanen enhanced Pedraza’s sentence, finding he was in possession of a firearm capable of accepting a high-capacity magazine and that he had transferred weapons with the belief they were going to be transported to Mexico.


Pedraza was previously convicted of burglary of a building in Cameron County in 1995 and aggravated assault on a public servant in Cameron County in 1997. These convictions prohibited Pedraza from possessing firearms or ammunition. On Dec. 9, 2016, Pedraza was arrested pursuant to an arrest warrant, at which time authorities searched his home and discovered four firearms.


Pedraza has been and will remain in federal custody pending transfer to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Corley prosecuted the case.

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Updated April 18, 2017