Sample Block

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


Southern District of Texas

For Immediate Release

September 26, 2012

Kenneth Magidson, United States Attorney

Contact: Angela Dodge (713) 567-9388

Edinburg Man Convitcted of Receiving Glocks with Intent to Assault

McAllen, Texas – David Villanueva, 20, has entered a plea of guilty to receiving firearms with the intent to commit a felony, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today along with Melvin King Jr., special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Villanueva admitted that on Friday, July 13, 2012, he accepted delivery and signed for a package containing three Glock handguns. He further acknowledged he intended to use at least one of them to commit assault with a deadly weapon - using a deadly weapon to threaten or cause imminent bodily injury to another person.

According to court records, ATF agents arrested Villanueva when they found the three Glocks at his Edinburg residence while executing a search warrant. Villanueva had threatened some people and subsequently requested three Glocks be shipped to him from Indiana and that one of them be small and easily concealable.

U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez, who accepted the guilty plea, has set sentencing for Dec. 12, 2012, at which time he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. He will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

ATF investigated this case with the assistance of the Edinburg Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Sully is prosecuting the case.