MCALLEN, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Four-time convicted felon Aurelio Perez-Aleman, of Roma, has been ordered to prison for possessing a firearm, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Perez-Aleman, 37, pleaded guilty May 30, 2013.
Today, U.S. District Judge Randy Cane sentenced Perez-Aleman to 100 months imprisonment to be followed by a three-year-term of supervised release. The sentence was enhanced due to his prior violent felonies and the high capacity magazine involved.
On Sep. 7, 2013, Perez-Aleman was discovered in his vehicle near the Rio Grande River by Border Patrol (BP) agents after illegal aliens were spotted nearby. After giving the BP agents consent to search his vehicle, a WASR 10, 7.62 mm rifle was discovered inside his vehicle. Records indicated he was a previously convicted felon, thereby prohibiting him from possessing a firearm. He has two prior felony convictions for possession of marijuana as well as aggravated robbery and assault on a public servant.
The investigation revealed Perez-Aleman had been waiting for an individual to cross the Rio Grande River so Perez-Aleman could give him the firearm.
Aurelio Perez-Aleman has been in custody where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and BP. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Steven Schammel.