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Laredo Man Sentenced on Firearms Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

LAREDO, Texas – Ricardo Alberto Chaires, 34, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. The Laredo resident pleaded guilty Nov. 18, 2015.

Toda, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo ordered he serve 41 months in federal prison.  

On Aug. 30, 2015, law enforcement received a 911 call reporting shots fired from a passenger vehicle and reported to a residence on the 600 block of Valeria Loop. As they approached the residence, officers encountered Chaires driving a vehicle matching the description provided by various callers. Officers attempted to stop him, but Chaires refused and a high-speed chase ensued along Interstate Highway 83. The vehicle swerved in and out of lanes and drove on the shoulder to avoid apprehension, finally stopping on South Bartlett Avenue.

Within the vehicle, officers found a high-capacity, 60-round magazine for the rifle, loaded with a few rounds. They also discovered at least one expended round and an unfired round on the floor in the driver’s side and several loaded rounds scattered on the floor of the front passenger side. Chaires admitted to federal agents that although he knew it was against federal law for him to possess a firearm or ammunition, he had been compelled to acquire one illegally for personal protection. He refused to explain, however, what he was doing in the area with the loaded firearm.

Officers had also learned that someone had thrown a rifle out of the vehicle in a grassy area near the Border Patrol Station in South Laredo and responded to the scene. They soon recovered an AR-15 rifle, containing a single loaded round which was ready to fire.

Chaires has been in custody since his arrest where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the assistance of the Laredo Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jose Homero Ramirez prosecuted the case. 

Updated March 10, 2016

Topic
Violent Crime