Once wanted felon sentenced for illegal gun possession | USAO-SDTX
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 42-year-old Corpus Christi resident has been sentenced to federal prison for possession of a firearm, US attorney Jennifer B. Lowery said.
Mark Villarreal pleaded guilty on January 13.
Today, US District Judge Drew B. Tipton ordered him to serve an 85-month sentence, followed immediately by a three-year custodial release.
On September 30, 2020, authorities observed a vehicle stopping on the street in Corpus Christi and pulling up to help. When they pulled the vehicle off the street and into a parking lot, the authorities found that it had two different license plates and no license plate sticker.
They identified Villarreal and discovered an active warrant for his arrest. When they took him into custody, they found a .40 Smith and Wesson SD40 semi-automatic pistol in the waistband of his pants.
Villarreal had previously been convicted of several crimes, including assaulting a family member. As such, he is prohibited by federal law from owning firearms or ammunition.
Villarreal will remain in custody pending relocation to a US Bureau of Prisons facility that will be determined in the near future.
The Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bureau conducted the investigation. U.S. Assistant Attorney Joel Dunn is pursuing the case.