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Man sentenced to more than 17 years after 2017 chase

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A Roswell man who shot at police officers following a high-speed chase in 2017, and was found to be in possession of multiple firearms and methamphetamine, was sentenced in federal court Monday to 207 months in prison.

Jose Manuel Diaz-Montelongo, 32, was charged with discharging a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the office of the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico. He pleaded guilty to the charges Feb. 21, 2018, the release states.

The charges stem from a Sept. 24, 2017 high-speed chase Diaz-Montelongo led Roswell police on before barricading himself inside his vehicle for more than two hours. He then fled to a rifle range, where he used a berm for cover while opening fire at officers and sheriff’s deputies with an assault rifle.

Diaz-Montelongo later surrendered to police, according to the release.

Police recovered an assault rifle, two pistols and 54.6 grams of methamphetamine from the scene.

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