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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of New Mexico

For Immediate Release

February 3, 2012

Kenneth J. Gonzales, United States Attorney

Contact: Elizabeth Martinez, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, Public Affairs Officer

Belen Man to Serve 70 Months in Prison and Pay $10,000 Fine for Unlawful Possession of Firearm

ALBUQUERQUE — Today in federal court, a U.S. District Judge sentenced James Cramberg, 42, of Belen, N.M., to a 70–month term of imprisonment to be followed by a three–year term of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The Judge also imposed a $10,000 fine on Cramberg.

According to court filings, Albuquerque Police Department officers arrested Cramberg in Albuquerque on November 4, 2010, for unlawful possession of a firearm. At the time, Cramberg was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted of possession of a controlled substance and aggravated battery in the 13th Judicial District Court for the State of New Mexico (Valencia County). Cramberg has been in custody since his arrest.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that Cramberg was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment that was filed on December 1, 2010. He entered a guilty plea to the indictment on October 17, 2011 under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Louis E. Valencia prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Albuquerque Police Department.