The authorities found multiple munitions in the home of Steven Sánchez Mártir, in violation of the federal firearms law, which prohibits such possession by people who have been convicted. (Xavier J. Araújo Berríos)
Federal judge Daniel Domínguez imposed a three-year prison sentence for Steven Sánchez Mártir , who also faces a state murder case at a Caguas hospital.
Sánchez Mártir is currently awaiting trial in the Caguas court for the first-degree murder of Pedro Marrero Díaz, in events that date back to August 2, 2018 , at the HIMA San Pablo de Caguas hospital .
As part of this state investigation, the authorities raided Sánchez Martir's apartment and seized a firearm magazine, 23 .300 caliber ammunition, 22 9 millimeter (mm) caliber ammunition, one .40 caliber ammunition and one .38 caliber ammunition .
For this evidence, Sánchez Martir was charged in federal court with charges of violation of the arms law, which prohibits a person who has been convicted from having possession of firearms or firearms ammunition.
Sánchez Martir was indicted by a federal grand jury in a statement published on August 23, 2018.
After an amended statement was issued on September 26, 2019, Sánchez Martir made a plea of guilt on August 27.
Finally, Domínguez imposed the sentence during a videoconference hearing last Friday, September 18. He will have to serve 35 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
Meanwhile, the state trial for the murder charge is scheduled to resume on October 5 in the courtroom of Judge Sylkia Carballo Nogueras of the Caguas Court.
This is one of the cases that have been delayed by the impact of COVID-19, which affected court operations in recent months.
After Judge Edwin Flores Sellés found cause for trial last October, the indictment was read a month later and after the first signal for March 14, the process has been extended on several occasions.