Phoenix Field Division

Armed Career Criminal from Albuquerque Sentenced to 22 Years for Firearms Offenses Arising Out of Armed Robbery in Santa Fe

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ALBUQUERQUE – Elias Atencio, 38, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Santa Fe, N.M., to 22 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on firearms charges.  The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Thomas G. Atteberry of the Phoenix Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Chief Patrick Gallagher of the Santa Fe Police Department.

Francisco Melgar-Cabrera Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

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ALBUQUERQUE – Francisco Melgar-Cabrera was sentenced this afternoon in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to life imprisonment for his conviction on felony murder and Hobbs Act charges arising from the murder of Stephanie Anderson and the armed robberies of two Albuquerque-area restaurants in June 2009.  Melgar-Cabrera, 32, a Salvadoran national, was sentenced to life imprisonment on the felony murder charge and 20 years in prison on the Hobbs Act charges.

Federal Grand Jury Returns Indictment Charging Davon Lymon with Violating Firearms Laws

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ALBUQUERQUE – Yesterday afternoon a federal grand jury filed a four-count indictment charging Albuquerque resident Davon Lymon, 34, with violating the federal firearms laws, announced U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Thomas G. Atteberry of the Phoenix Field Division of ATF and Chief Gorden Eden, Jr., of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). 

Deming Residents Sentenced to Lengthy Federal Prison Terms for Kidnapping and Firearms Convictions

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ALBUQUERQUE – This morning a U.S. District Court Judge sitting in Las Cruces, N.M., sentenced Jessie Hopper, Sr., 55, and Polly Hopper, 61, of Deming, N.M., to lengthy prison terms for their convictions on conspiracy, kidnapping and firearms charges.  Hopper, Sr. was sentenced to 366 months (30.5 years) in prison followed by five years of supervised release, while his sister, Polly Hopper, was sentenced to 292 months (24.3 years) in prison followed by five years of supervised release. 

Albuquerque Felon Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Firearms Laws

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ALBUQUERQUE – Timothy Lobley, 42, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning in federal court to violating the federal firearms laws.  Lobley entered the guilty plea without the benefit of a plea agreement.  The guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, 2nd Judicial District Attorney Kari E. Brandenburg, Special Agent in Charge Thomas G. Atteberry of the Phoenix Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Chief Gorden Eden, Jr., of the Albuquerque Police Department.

Federal Jury Finds Francisco Melgar-Cabrera Guilty on Hobbs Act and Felony Murder Charges Arising From Armed Robbery of Two Albuquerque-Area Restaurants and the Murder Stephanie Anderson in June 2009

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ALBUQUERQUE – A federal jury sitting in Albuquerque, N.M., today returned a guilty verdict against Francisco Melgar-Cabrera, 31, on Hobbs Act robbery and felony murder charges stemming from the armed robberies of two Albuquerque-area restaurants and murder of Stephanie Anderson in June 2009.

Alamogordo Man Pleads Guilty to Violating the Federal Firearms Laws

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ALBUQUERQUE – Kenneth Colby Miller, 31, of Alamogordo, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to violating the federal firearms laws by possessing an unregistered firearm. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Miller will be sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by more than three years of supervised release.

Albuquerque Man Sentenced to Fifteen Years for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking and Firearms Conviction

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ALBUQUERQUE – Manuel Chavez, 33, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced this afternoon in federal court to 180 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking and firearms conviction.

The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, 2nd Judicial District Attorney Kari E. Brandenburg, Special Agent in Charge Thomas G. Atteberry of the Phoenix Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Chief Gorden Eden, Jr., of the Albuquerque Police Department, and Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III.

Prior Felon from Albuquerque Pleads Guilty to Federal Carjacking and Firearms Charges

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ALBUQUERQUE – Jose Rios, 32, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning in federal court to federal carjacking and firearms charges.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Rios will be sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

 

Christopher Blattner Pleads Guilty to Violating the Federal Firearms Laws

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ALBUQUERQUE – Christopher Blattner, 35, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty earlier today to violating the federal firearms laws.  Under the terms of the plea agreement, Blattner will be sentenced to 30 years in federal prison to be followed by up to five years of supervised release.  The guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Thomas G. Atteberry of the Phoenix Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Chief Gorden Eden, Jr., of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD).

Armed Career Criminal from Albuquerque Sentenced to Fifteen Years for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

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ALBUQUERQUE – Paul Anthony Turrieta, 36, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 15 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Turrieta received an enhanced sentence due to his status as an armed career criminal. He will be on supervised release for [three] years after completing his prison sentence.

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charges

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ALBUQUERQUE – Lawrence Anthony Martinez, 39, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court to methamphetamine trafficking charges. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Martinez will be sentenced to 72 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. Martinez was arrested on April 7, 2014, on a criminal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition in Bernalillo County, N.M., on Jan. 20, 2014. According to the complaint, Martinez was arrested by Albuquerque Police Department (APD) officers on Jan.

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