LAS CRUCES – The man who had identified himself as the “commander” of an armed group camped near the New Mexico border fence made an initial appearance in federal court on charges of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.
Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, wore a brown Dona Ana County Detention Center jumpsuit and answered “yes” when U.S. Magistrate Gregory B. Wormuth asked if he understood the charges and his right to legal representation. When the judge asked about any medical problems, Hopkins answered “quite a few medical problems sir. I’m 70 years old.”
Hopkins, also known as Johnny Horton Jr., is from Flora Vista according to the criminal complaint. He has spent about two months living on the New Mexico border at a camp set up by United Patriots of the Constitution. Sunland Park police and FBI agents arrested him Saturday.