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Gilbert Dutchover, 58, of Roswell, was sentenced this morning in federal court in Las Cruces to an 18-month term of imprisonment for violating the federal firearms laws. Dutchover will be on supervised release for two years after completing his prison sentence.

Dutchover was arrested May 5 on charges of 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 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, Dutchover pleaded guilty to the indictment and admitted that on Aug. 18, 2014, law enforcement officers found a pistol and ammunition in his garage while executing a search warrant at his residence.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force.