United States Lawyer’s Workplace combats violent crime by advancing 4 firearms circumstances


Posted: Oct 17, 2020 / 2:02 pm MDTUpdated: October 17, 2020 / 2:02 p.m. MDT

FILE – Clouds form over the State Capitol in downtown Denver in this November 27, 2018 photo. Colorado lawmakers convene their 2019 session with Democrats who control both chambers and Democrat Jared Polis will take control of the governor's office on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski, files)

DENVER – United States attorney Jason R. Dunn announced the results of the prosecution of firearm crimes on Saturday. Two of the cases occurred in Colorado Springs.

Confession of guilt in the US against Michael Phillip Gonzales (case number 20-cr-194)

Michael Phillip Gonzales pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a gun in Colorado Springs. During an investigation, the police contacted the defendant, a well-known gang member, in a shop parking lot.

A search of the suspect's car revealed a backpack with a gun.

The defendant was not allowed to own this weapon due to a previous conviction.

Confession of guilt in the US against Leon Salazar (case number 20-cr-27)

Leon Salazar pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in Colorado Springs. During an investigation, law enforcement officials found firearms in the Salazar storage shed and in the trunk of his vehicle.

He was not allowed to own these weapons because he had previously been convicted of a crime.

Confession of guilt in the US against Novan Greenwood (case number 20-cr-58)

Novan Greenwood pleaded guilty to being a criminal in possession of ammunition while on Wheat Ridge.

In September 2019, Greenwood went to a shooting range with his own guns and bought ammunition for target training. The defendant had previously convicted of a crime that prohibited this activity.

Conviction in the US of Dashe Eugene Armstrong (Case Number 18-cr-551)

On November 11, 2018, Dashe Eugene Armstrong, a well-known gang member, was shot at by a rival gang member near the intersection of 21st and Lawrence, according to the Attorney General.

There were bustling restaurants, bars, and shops nearby, as well as a large group of homeless people.

Five innocent homeless people were shot dead, one died of his injuries.

Armstrong was also shot in the foot. He returned fire.

He was a felon and was not allowed to have a firearm or the ammunition he used during the shooting. Armstrong received a prison term followed by 3 years on supervised release.

Earlier this week, US attorney Dunn announced that his office had received 51 firearms-related charges since June as part of a concerted effort to combat violent crime.

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