☷Monahans Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Illegal Firearm Possession
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ( By Press Release office)
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ALPINE – Yesterday a Monahans man was sentenced to 120 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm announced United States Attorney Ashley C . Hoff . According to court documents , on December 13 , 2021 , Jacob Lyon , 29 , was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm . Lyon was previously convicted for prior felonies including armed robbery , theft of a firearm and burglary of a habitation . On May 28 , 2020 , agents with the Bureau of Alcohol , Tobacco , Firearms and Explosives ( ATF ) conducted a consensual search of Lyon’s Monahans residence , which he shared with his co - defendant Rita Ornelas . Agents found two handguns and a rifle . “Mr . Lyon has long been victimizing the citizens of Texas and the United States of America . Thanks to the investigative and prosecutorial efforts of ATF and our Project Safe Neighborhood partners , Mr . Lyon’s days of criminal activity and delinquent behavior are now over , ” said ATF Dallas Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey C . Boshek II . On September 16 , 2021 , co - defendant Rita Ornelas , 28 , of Monahans pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm . She was sentenced on December 16 , 2021 , to 46 months in prison . The ATF , Texas Rangers and Monahans Police Department investigated the case . Assistant U . S . Attorney Lance Kennedy prosecuted the case . This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal , state , and local Project Safe Neighborhoods ( PSN ) Program , the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts . PSN is an evidence - based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime . Through PSN , a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them . As part of this strategy , PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime .
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