Illegal immigrant living in Wichita sentenced to more than 5 years in federal prison on gun charge

03/20/2013 5:56 PM

03/20/2013 5:56 PM

Correction: Burciaga-Alcantar pleaded guilty to the charge of illegal alien in possession of a firearm. An earlier version of this story was unclear on his immigration status.

An illegal immigrant who was living in Wichita has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for illegal possession of firearms, authorities said Tuesday.

Guadalupe Burciaga-Alcantar, 39, who is from Ojinaga, Mexico, was arrested in October after a traffic stop by Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputies, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a prepared statement. Two loaded handguns were recovered from a pickup Burciaga was driving.

Burciaga admitted to the deputies the firearms were his, Grissom said. He pleaded guilty in December to the charge of illegal alien in possession of a firearm.

He was sentenced Monday in federal court to 65 months in a U.S. prison, followed by deportation to Mexico, Grissom said. The federal statutes that prohibit felons from possessing firearms also prohibit persons unlawfully in the United States to possess firearms, he said.

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