Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney's Office
District of New Mexico
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
, United States Attorney
Damon P. Martinez
Contact: Elizabeth M. Martinez
Roswell Felon Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Unlawfully Possessing Firearm and Violating Supervised Release Conditions
Phoenix Field Division
ALBUQUERQUE – Enrique Chavarria, 33, of Roswell, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 40 months in prison for violating the federal firearms laws by unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition. He also was sentenced to an additional 20 months in prison for violating the terms of his supervised release on a prior conviction, for a total sentence of 60 months of imprisonment. Chavarria will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
Chavarria was arrested on July 21, 2016, in Chaves County, N.M., by the U.S. Marshals Service, and was charged by criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. At the time, Chavarria was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted of possession of methamphetamine and cocaine with intent to distribute.
On Sept. 16, 2016, Chavarria pled guilty to a felony information charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Chavarria entered his guilty plea without the benefit of a plea agreement.
This case was investigated by the Las Cruces offices of the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Beck of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office is prosecuting the case.