Mission man gets more than 2 years in prison on gun charge

McALLEN — A Mission man was sentenced Tuesday for violating federal gun laws, court records show.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced Refugio Espinoza-Galvan Jr. to 30 months in prison related to his arrest on federal gun violation charges.

Espinoza-Galvan found himself in court proceedings after federal agents discovered that he owned a handgun, a violation of federal law since he was convicted more than 10 years ago on burglary of habitation charges in Hidalgo County, according to an October 2018 indictment.


The 32-year-old Mission resident, who goes by the alias “Cuco,” pleaded guilty to the second-degree state felony burglary charge and received a 160-day state jail sentence, county records show.

“… A felon, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, namely, in the 332nd District Court of Hidalgo County… did knowingly and unlawfully possess in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce a firearm, namely a Taurus model Millennium, .45 caliber pistol,” the indictment stated.

He was most recently arrested in 2012 in connection with possession of marijuana, and three other state misdemeanor charges, county records show.

Espinoza-Galvan, who has been in federal custody since his arrest Nov. 1 and subsequently denied bond during a Nov. 6, 2018, detention hearing, will also be required to participate in a drug treatment program. He will remain in the program until its completion, with the approval of the “program director and probation officer,” court notes show.

On Nov. 26, 2018, Espinoza-Galvan pleaded guilty to the sole charge; in exchange, the government agreed to recommend that the offense level decrease by two levels, the record shows.

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