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Roswell man sentenced for firearms violation

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A Roswell man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces to an 18-month prison term for violating federal firearms laws.

Gilbert Dutchover, 58, will be on supervised release for two years after completing his prison sentence.

Dutchover was arrested on May 5, 2017, on an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

According to the indictment, Dutchover previously was convicted of unlawful carrying of a firearm into a licensed liquor establishment, being a felon in possession of a firearm or destructive device, receiving stolen property, and cocaine trafficking.

On July 10, 2017, Dutchover pleaded guilty to the indictment and admitted that on Aug. 18, 2014, law enforcement officers found a pistol and ammunition in his Roswell garage while executing a search warrant at his residence. Dutchover further admitted he was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of his status as a convicted felon.

The 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.