LAREDO, Texas – A federal jury has convicted
a 74-year-old local felon for unlawfully possessing a firearm, announced U.S.
Attorney Ryan Patrick. They deliberated for one hour before returning the
guilty verdict against Javier J. Trevino following a one-day trial.
During the trial, the jury heard testimony
about an Aug. 10, 2016, search warrant authorities executed on Trevino’s
residence. Upon entering the home, law enforcement observed multiple firearms
in the living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms. Authorities ultimately
discovered more than 120 firearms and a significant amount of ammunition within
Trevino had a felony conviction for making
false statements in relation to the purchase of firearms from 1987 and was,
therefore, prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition per federal law.
At trial, the defense attempted to convince
the jury Trevino owns multiple homes and did not reside in the home where
authorities seized the firearms. He argued that because he resided somewhere
else, he was not in possession of those firearms. The jury did not believe
those claims and found Trevino guilty as charged.
U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo
presided over the trial and set sentencing for Feb. 24, 2020. At that time,
Trevino faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum
He has been and will remain in custody
pending that hearing.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation
with the assistance of the Webb County Sheriff’s Office and Laredo Police
Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher dos Santos and Anthony Brown
prosecuted the case.