Rio Rancho man sentenced for firearms violations

April 17, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Rancho man has [auth] been sentenced to nearly nine years in federal prison for firearms violations.

Prosecutors announced Wednesday that 30-year-old Christopher Rooks received a 102-month prison term to be followed by three years of supervised release for violating federal firearms laws.

Rooks was arrested last August on a criminal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Federal agents and Rio Rancho police executed a search warrant at his home and seized six firearms.

At the time, Rooks was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted of two felony offenses in California.

Authorities say Rooks admitted to stealing five firearms from the Rio Rancho Armory in July 2012 and also possessing an unregistered silencer.

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