Convicted Felon Sent to Prison on Firearms Charge
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 35-year-old Corpus Christi man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Adam Lee Rodriguez pleaded guilty Feb. 1, 2018.
Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos sentenced Rodriguez to 63 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release.
In July 2017, officers detained Rodriguez for violating a park curfew. While speaking with the officers, Rodriguez gave consent to search his vehicle, at which time authorities discovered a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun under his seat. Rodriguez had previously been convicted in state court for numerous felonies and is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms and ammunition.
Rodriguez was taken into federal custody in December 2017 as part of Operation City Shield, an coordinated federal, state and local law enforcement operation designed to identify violent offenders, stop gun violence and protect the community.
Rodriguez will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Corpus Christi Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Watt is prosecuting the case.