Convicted felon from Edcouch gets 77 months for federal firearms violations

McALLEN — A man who was previously convicted on serious felony charges was sentenced to federal prison Monday after he was found in possession of a firearm during a traffic stop earlier this year, court records show.

Danny Guadalupe Savedra will serve more than six years in federal prison after learning of his fate Monday morning during a sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge Randy Crane.

Crane sentenced Savedra, who was represented by McAllen-based attorney Reynaldo Merino, to 77 months in prison for violation of federal firearm laws.

The case stems from a traffic stop in Alamo in February. The 25-year-old man, who pleaded guilty to one count of penalties for firearms in July, was pulled over by an Alamo Police officer Feb. 15, according to the criminal complaint.

During the stop, the officer discovered Savedra had an active warrant out for his arrest from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office related to a previous aggravated assault with a deadly weapon offense, the record states.

Because of this warrant, the officer arrested Savedra and the man’s vehicle was towed away.

At the time of his arrest, the officer noted Savedra was wearing an empty gun holster on his hip, the complaint states.

Officers searched Savedra’s vehicle — a Ford Fusion — took inventory and discovered within it a loaded 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun, the record states.

“ …Savedra admitted to purchasing the firearm from another individual approximately four to five months ago,” the complaint states. “During the interview, Savedra admitted that he carries the aforementioned firearm on his person.”

Authorities did a search of Savedra’s criminal history and discovered convictions going back to February 2016, one for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and deadly conduct-discharge of a firearm, the record states.

Those charges are related to an August 2015 incident in which Savedra pointed a gun at his ex-wife, in addition to firing several shots into the air as he fled the area.

Authorities said Savedra, who was in the 400 block of North Esperanza Street in Pharr, was arguing with his ex-wife about child custody.

They said that when the argument became “heated,” Savedra retrieved a handgun from his vehicle, pointed it at her, fired some shots in the air, and fled the scene.

A neighboring residence was hit several times by gunfire but no injuries were reported by the four people inside the household, according to authorities at the time.

Eventually, Savedra was arrested in connection with that incident, and in June 2017 he pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and received six years of probation and community service, county court records show.

In addition to the 77-month federal prison term, Savedra will serve an additional three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term, court records show.