|Two men have been sentenced to federal prison following their convictions of being previously convicted felons in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K.
Benny Guadalupe Garcia, 34, Weslaco, and Rodolfo Rodriguez Jr., 26, Edinburg, pleaded guilty Jan. 30, and Jan. 21, respectively.
Both will also be ordered to serve three years of supervised release following their sentences. At the hearing, the court
noted the serious nature of the offense given both men’s criminal histories. Specifically, Rodriguez has previous convictions for aggravated robbery stemming from two incidents in downtown McAllen as well as five vehicle burglary convictions, among others. Garcia was previously convicted of two burglaries of a habitation as well as multiple assaults and possession of controlled substances.
In handing down the sentence, Judge Crane noted both men’s involvement in gang activity and the serious nature of possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
“Removing guns from the hands of violent, multi-convicted felons remains the focus of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF),” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski.
On Nov. 26, 2019, law enforcement conducting patrol near Edinburg had pulled a vehicle over for a traffic violation. Garcia was driving with Rodriguez as the front passenger. Upon searching the vehicle, authorities found a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun with an obliterated serial number and hollow-tip ammunition in the console.
ATF conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Edinburg Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Redavid prosecuted the case.