A 30-year-old Roswell man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces to violating the federal firearms laws by being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested Shane Mann in February 2018 on a criminal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition on Aug. 9 in Chaves County, according to a press release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for New Mexico.
According to the complaint, law enforcement officers found multiple firearms and ammunition along with drug paraphernalia in Mann’s residence while executing a state search warrant. Mann was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of his prior felony convictions for shooting from a motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer and possession of a controlled substance.
During Tuesday’s proceedings, Mann pleaded guilty to felony information charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. In entering the guilty plea, Mann admitted that on Aug. 9 law enforcement officers found firearms and ammunition in his residence, including a loaded handgun that was under a pillow in the bed, during the execution of the warrant. Mann acknowledged that he was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of his status as a convicted felon.
At sentencing, Mann faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. He remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Roswell Police Department and the HIDTA Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alfred J. Perez of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.