Jesus S. Palacios Gets 4-Years, 8-Months for Being a Felon in Possession of Firearms and Ammunition

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Guam –  The Chief Judge of the CNMI District Court, Ramona Manglona, has sentenced Jesus Sablan Palacios to 57 months in prison after he was convicted of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a search warrant was executed at Palacios’ home in San Antonio in April of last year.

Inside, DEA Agents and CNMI Police found a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle, a modified .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle, and multiple rounds of ammunition hidden beneath the floor of his bedroom.

Palacios was indicted in August last year,  and he was at trial last December.

READ the release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office below:

SAN ANTONIO MAN SENTENCED FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION

ALICIA A.G. LIMTIACO, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced today that defendant JESUS SABLAN PALACIOS was sentenced by Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona in the United States District Court, to 57 months imprisonment for the offense of Felon in Possession of Firearms and Ammunition. After defendant serves his term of imprisonment, he will be placed on supervised release for five (5) years.

On April 11, 2013, Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and CNMI Department of Public Safety Officers executed a search warrant on Palacios’ residence in San Antonio and recovered a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle, a modified .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle, along with multiple rounds of ammunition hidden beneath the floor of his bedroom. Palacios was indicted in August 2013 and was convicted after a jury trial in December 2013 for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

The case originated with the CNMI Department of Public Safety and was subsequently investigated jointly by the CNMI Department of Public Safety, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

U.S. Attorney Limtiaco commends the investigative efforts of the CNMI Department of Public Safety, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rami Badawy and Ross K. Naughton.