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Felon facing prison time for single bullet

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Convicted felon Steven Morales, 38, of Albuquerque pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to unlawfully possessing a single round of ammunition.

He faces up to 10 years in prison unless the court determines he is an armed career criminal. That could get him an enhanced sentence of 15 years to life imprisonment, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Morales was arrested in July 2015, on an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of ammunition. He has at least five felony convictions for offenses involving burglary, larceny, criminal damage, receiving stolen property, escape from jail, possession of methamphetamine, disarming a police officer, and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, according to court records.

Morales pleaded guilty Monday without the benefit of a plea agreement.

Morales is being prosecuted as part of a federal anti-violence initiative that targets “the worst of the worst” offenders for federal prosecution.

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