A Hobbs man got a six years jail sentence for violating the federal illegal firearms law. A press release by the United States Attorney’s Office, District of New Mexico, on Tuesday, September 7th, disclosed the man would spend time in federal prison. The release stated that 41-year-old Ruben Flores of Hobbs received the sentence on Thursday, September 2nd.
The Hobbs man pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition on April 23rd. Court records show that on July 5th, 2019, law enforcement officers responded to reports of shots fired on Dunham Street in Hobbs. Later that same day, officers investigating the incident located the defendant with a rifle on his lap.
While searching the vehicle, officers found three more firearms and several rounds of ammunition. At the time of the arrest, Flores had previously been convicted of several felonies, including trafficking of a controlled substance, forgery, receiving stolen property, and battery on a peace officer. He was also convicted of possession of a controlled substance, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer, and possession of a firearm or explosive device by a felon.
The U.S. attorney’s office said that Flores would be subjected to three years of supervised release upon getting released from prison. The Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated the case with assistance from the Hobbs Police Sheriff’s Department and the Lea County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joni Autrey Stahl and Richard Williams prosecuted the case.
Depending on the type of firearm a person has, they could be breaking a state or federal law. The only thing that stands between them and a lengthy sentence is a criminal defense attorney. Contact our Albuquerque criminal defense lawyers to learn about your defense options.