- Associated Press - Monday, December 21, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque man has pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and could face up to 10 years in federal prison.

Prosecutors say 42-year-old Charles Hodge entered his plea Monday.

Hodge was arrested last month on a criminal complaint of unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition in October in Bernalillo County.

Law enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop on Hodge’s vehicle because of an expired registration tag.

During the stop, the officers learned Hodge didn’t have a valid driver’s license or insurance and told him they’d have to impound the vehicle.

Hodge told officers he had a firearm and ammunition in the vehicle and a loaded pistol was found in the center console.

Hodge was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of previous felony convictions.

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