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Roswell man pleads guilty to carjacking, firearms charges


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A Roswell man will spend 100 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of carjacking, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces.

Nathan Cole Owens, 36, will also be on a period of supervised release upon completion of his prison term, according to a press release from the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico.

The length of the period of supervised release will be determined by the court.

In his plea, Owens admitted to intentionally taking a vehicle while brandishing a firearm, which he was prohibited from possessing due to his status as a convicted felon, and that if the victim had not given him the vehicle, he would have caused the victim to suffer serious bodily injury, the release states.

Owens remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.

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The charges stem from a March 14 incident when Roswell police received a report from a cellular phone store that an armed man was in the store, the press release states. When police arrived on the scene they discovered Owens and a woman who later said Owens threatened her with a firearm.

She said Owens took the keys to her vehicle and drove her around Roswell while he engaged in an argument with another person on her cell phone.

Roswell Police Department officers later executed a warrant on the victim’s vehicle where they discovered a loaded firearm, the release states. Owens was arrested April 5 and indicted June 20.

The charges against Owens were part of of a federal initiative that targets violent, repeat offenders for prosecution, according to the release.

Under the initiative the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies, in collaboration with New Mexico District Attorneys and local, tribal and state law enforcement agencies, look to prosecute violent repeat offenders with the objective of making communities safer, the release states.

Owens’ criminal history includes felony convictions for false imprisonment, aggravated battery against a household member resulting in great bodily harm, aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon, tampering with evidence and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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