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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Texas

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Ryan K. Patrick
, United States Attorney
Contact: Angela Dodge

Convicted Felon Headed Back to Prison on Firearms Charge

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 29-year-old Corpus Christi resident has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Lorenzo Cervantes pleaded guilty Feb. 19, 2019.

Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos sentenced Cervantes to 77 months to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release.

On Nov. 21, 2018, law enforcement was on patrol at an apartment complex in the 4600 block of Kostoryz when they observed several individuals trespassing inside a vacant apartment. Cervantes was attempting to leave as authorities approached the door. However, upon seeing the officers, he ran back into the vacant apartment. As they attempted to detain Cervantes, the officers discovered a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun on the floor next to him.

Cervantes was previously convicted of multiple felony offenses, including being a felon in possession of a firearm. As such, he is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition per federal law.

He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The Corpus Christi Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Watt is prosecuting the case.

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Houston Field Division