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Farmington felon charged with gun possession

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON – A 29-year-old Farmington man made an initial appearance Thursday in federal court on allegations he unlawfully possessed a firearm and ammunition in August.

Crime

Christopher Ulibarri is being charged in the U.S. District Court of New Mexico with being a felon in possession of a firearm as part of the U.S. Attorney's Office's anti-violence initiative that targets "the worst of the worst" offenders for federal prosecution, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Ulibarri was arrested Aug. 15 on suspicion he possessed a .45 caliber rifle at the Golden Corral restaurant at 1715 E. Main St. in Farmington, according to a criminal complaint. Officers seized the rifle from Ulibarri without incident, the complaint states.

Ulibarri was initially charged in state court with possession of a firearm by a felon, resisting arrest, drug paraphernalia possession and criminal trespass, according to court records. Local prosecutors dismissed those charges Tuesday in favor of federal prosecution, the release states.

Ulibarri faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison if convicted.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacob A. Wishard is prosecuting the case.