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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of New Mexico

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Damon P. Martinez
, United States Attorney
Contact: Elizabeth M. Martinez

Alamogordo Man Pleads Guilty to Violating the Federal Firearms Laws

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.

Miller was arrested on April 30, 2015, on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of an unregistered firearm. According to the complaint, on Dec. 3, 2014, in Chaves County, N.M., an officer with the Roswell Police Department conducted a routine traffic stop on Miller’s vehicle, and after a consensual search, the officer recovered a single shot “sawed-off” shotgun with no visible serial number or manufacturers markings. After further investigation, Miller’s background also revealed that he had been convicted twice of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and reckless driving.

During today’s proceedings, Miller pled guilty to a felony information charging him with possession of an unregistered firearm. In entering the guilty plea, Miller admitted that on Dec. 3, 2014, he possessed a sawed off 20 gauge shotgun which did not have a serial number and was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Miller has been in custody since his arrest and remains detained pending a sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Roswell Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Luis A. Martinez of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office is prosecuting this case.

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