- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Prosecutors say 36-year-old Paul Anthony Turrieta received an enhanced sentence Thursday due to his status as a career criminal. He’ll be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison term.

Turrieta was arrested in February 2014. He was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted of numerous felony offenses including three residential burglaries.

Turrieta pleaded guilty in October 2014 and admitted possessing a revolver and ammunition that were discovered in the vehicle he was driving on Oct. 24, 2013.

Authorities say Turrieta was pulled over on a traffic stop before the items were found.



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