Huntingdon man gets five years for firearms

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Jamieson Maurice Esquivel, 27, of Huntingdon was recently sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to an announcement by D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney on Thursday.

According to information presented in court, on September 30, 2017, officers with the Huntingdon Police Department attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Esquivel’s father, James H. Brown, Jr., at a residence in Huntingdon. The officers subsequently obtained a search warrant for that residence, and during the search they discovered two firearms — a Smith & Wesson Model M&P 9C 9mm pistol and a Rohm Model RG10 .22 caliber revolver.

Further investigation revealed that both guns belonged to Esquivel. Esquivel has an extensive criminal history, including prior felony convictions for robbery in Madison County in 2012, and the sale of a schedule II controlled substance in Carroll County in 2012. Esquivel was still on probation in both cases at the time he committed the present offense on September 30, 2017. As a result of his prior felony convictions, he is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.

On June 16, 2020, the defendant pled guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. On November 10, 2020, U.S. District Court Chief Judge S. Thomas Anderson sentenced Esquivel to 60 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. Chief Judge Anderson also ordered that the federal sentence run consecutive to the state sentence that Esquivel is currently serving for violating his probation in his prior Carroll County felony drug case, which is not scheduled to expire until August 2026.

There is no parole in the federal system.

“As a prior convicted felon, Esquivel has already disrespected the law and shown a manifest disregard for the rights of others,” said Dunavant. “As a result, his possession of firearms continues to threaten the security of his fellow citizens. This sentence accomplishes what his prior state sentences and probation could not – just punishment and incapacitation that will protect public safety.”

The Huntingdon Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Josh Morrow prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

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