A Harlingen resident was sent to federal prison on Wednesday, following his conviction for lying on a firearm application, said a press release.
Juan Sauceda, 40, attempted to purchase a 12-gauge pump shotgun at a Walmart in Harlingen in 2018, according to authorities.
Officials said when filling out the application, Sauceda claimed he never had a felony conviction. An investigation revealed that he had a conviction for two counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, said the release.
U.S. District Judge, Rolando Olvera, handed Sauceda an 18-month sentence to be immediately followed by two years of supervised release, officials said.
According to the release, at the hearing, the defense argued for probation as there was “no harm, no foul.” However, the court denied that request and imposed the federal prison term, stated the release.
Officials informed Sauceda was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation, said the release.