Guam – Following a 3 day jury trial in District Court, 38 year old Rudy Gumataotao Palaomo has been found guilty of illegal possession of a firearm.
Federal law prohibits a person convicted of a felony from possessing firearms. Palomo had two prior felony convictions.
Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood ordered Palomo remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service pending sentencing, which is scheduled for March 14 of next year.
A release from U.S. Attorney Alicia Limtiaco, testimony and evidence at trial showed that Palomo was in possession of a Marlin 30/30 rifle on July 29 of this year. And he attempted to sell the weapon to another person.
When that person refused to buy it, Palomo pointed the weapon at the person’s head, and then left the area.
Shortly thereafter, the release states, Guam Police were called and stopped the vehicle in which Palomo was a passenger. GPD recovered the weapon directly under Palomo’s seat. It was loaded.
Palomo faces up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.
Palomo was arrested on July 29, 2012, and has been in federal custody since that time.
U.S. Attorney Limtiaco commends the efforts of the Guam Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for their work on this case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rosetta L. San Nicolas.
And the release quotes Limtiaco as saying: “This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhood Initiative, a nationwide commitment to reduce gun violence in America. Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and ATF, Project Safe Neighborhood marshals federal and local resources to more effectively locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who violate federal gun laws, as part of law enforcement’s efforts to protect and keep our communities safe.”