Convicted Felon Sentenced For Unlawful Possession Of Firearms, Including Stolen AR-15

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Las Vegas man with multiple prior felony convictions was sentenced today to four years and seven months in prison for unlawful possession of firearms, including a stolen assault rifle.

According to court documents, on January 27, 2020, Matthew Robert Smith, 38, was arrested after law enforcement officers found an AR-15 rifle and a Glock 9mm pistol in his car. Both weapons previously had been stolen from parked vehicles. Smith is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm due to prior felony convictions in Nevada and California.

Smith pleaded guilty in November 2020 to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan sentenced Smith to three years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Patrick Gorman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives and Firearms (ATF) made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the ATF. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shaheen Torgoley prosecuted the case.

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