Charges dropped in felony firearms case

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A Lemitar man who was accused of six crimes stemming from one incident in January 2010 has been formally cleared of all charges.

Robert Torres, 46, had originally been charged in April 2010 with receiving stolen property over $500 but not more than $2,500, receiving stolen firearms less than $2,500 in value, conspiracy to commit a third- or fourth-degree felony, one petty misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and bribery or intimidation of a witness.

On Jan. 20, the Socorro County District Attorney’s office dismissed the case, stating that the court had found no probable cause or had insufficient evidence to proceed with the charges.

Torres would have faced up to 16 years in jail and up to $16,000 in fines if he had been convicted on all counts.

On Jan. 6, 2010, the Magdalena Marshal’s Office and the Socorro County Sheriff’s Department served a warrant on Torres’ residence after they received information that three stolen firearms and a stolen crossbow were on the property. The stolen items were recovered from the home and Torres turned himself in to authorities on April 12, 2010.

According to court documents, a preliminary hearing found no probable cause on any of the felony offenses. In addition, the court found insufficient evidence to pursue charges of misdemeanor drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also recovered during the execution of the Jan. 6, 2010, warrant were four of Torres’ legally registered personal firearms, that as of May 9, he has yet to recover.