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Roswell man pleads guilty to firearms violation

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A Roswell man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to violating federal firearms laws.

The plea agreement with Gilbert Dutchover, 58, recommends an 18-month prison sentence followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
Dutchover was arrested on May 5 on an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition on Aug. 18, 2014, in Chaves County.
According to the indictment, Dutchover was previously convicted of unlawfully carrying a firearm into a liquor establishment, being a felon in possession of a firearm or destructive device, receiving stolen property and cocaine trafficking.

During Monday’s proceedings in federal court in Las Cruces, Dutchover pleaded guilty to the indictment and admitted that on Aug. 18, 2014, law enforcement officers located a pistol and ammunition in his garage during the execution of a search warrant on his residence.
Dutchover further admitted that he was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of his status as a convicted felon. A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.
This case was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force, which is comprised of officers from the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office, the Artesia and Carlsbad police departments.