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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Damon P. Martinez
, United States Attorney
Contact: Elizabeth Martinez

Roswell Felon Sentenced to Prison for Violating Federal Firearms Laws

ALBUQUERQUE – Carlos Franco, 35, of Roswell, N.M., was sentenced this afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 27 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for violating the federal firearms laws.
Franco was arrested on Feb. 26, 2014, on an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, on June 5, 2013, in Chaves County, N.M.  At the time, Franco was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted of second degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. 
On Sept. 2, 2014, Franco pled guilty to the indictment, and admitted possessing a pistol and multiple round of ammunition on June 5, 2013.
This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Luis A. Martinez of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office prosecuted this case.


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