Roswell’s Xavier Barela, 36, was sentenced Thursday in Las Cruces Federal Court to 51 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release as a felon in possession of a firearm.
He was arrested in May 2012, based on a criminal complaint. The indictment charged Barela with unlawfully possessing a firearm on April 21, 2012. At the time, Barela was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted of several felony offenses, including receiving and transferring a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and the fraudulent use of a credit card.
Barela entered a conditional guilty plea to the indictment on Nov. 6 reserving the right to appellate review of the court’s denial of his motion to suppress evidence.[/auth]