Lovington man sentenced to four years in prison for federal firearms violations

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            ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO  – Cody Little, 43, of Lovington, New Mexico, was sentenced on July 6 in federal court to four years and nine months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and possessing a stolen firearm. Little pleaded guilty on Nov. 4, 2020.

According to the plea agreement and other court records, on Jan. 25, 2020, Lovington Police officers arrested Little, who had three active arrest warrants at the time. Officers found a 9mm ammunition magazine in Little’s pocket and located a 9mm handgun in the immediate area.  Little had stolen the firearm from a nearby residence on Jan. 15, 2020, and could be seen on footage from a doorbell camera as he removed the firearm from a vehicle in the driveway and fled on foot.

In 2013, Little pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition after previously having been convicted of burglary and larceny and battery upon a peace officer. As a previously convicted felon, Little cannot legally possess firearms or ammunition.

Upon his release from prison, Little will be subject to three years of supervised release.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated this case with assistance from the Lovington Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dustin Segovia and Aaron Jordan prosecuted the case.