Aztec felon admits illegal possession of gun, ammo

Suspect pleads guilty in federal court

The Daily Times staff
  • Shane Johnston, 41, could face up to 15 years in federal prison.
  • He had previously been convicted on drug and weapons charges.

FARMINGTON — An Aztec man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Albuquerque to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Shane Johnston, 41, admitted on Wednesday that he had a gun and ammunition on Sept. 1, 2015 in San Juan County and was prohibited from possessing them because he was a convicted felon, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

The release states Johnston was arrested last April on an indictment that charged him of possessing a firearm and ammunition.

He was previously convicted of felony offenses that included possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon, burglary of an automobile and distribution of methamphetamine, the release states.

Johnston could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

If the court determines Johnston is an armed career criminal, the sentence could be enhanced and he would face a mandatory minimum of 15 years of imprisonment and up to a maximum of life imprisonment.