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The leader of a border militia group could face up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted on the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. FBI agents arrested the man who has at least three previous felony convictions over the weekend, according to a criminal complaint filed in a New Mexico federal court.
FBI agents, with the assistance of the Sunland Park Police Department, arrested Larry Mitchell Hopkins on April 20 on a charge that he unlawfully had nine firearms and ammunition in his possession in his residence in San Juan County, New Mexico, in November 2019. According to a criminal complaint, Hopkins is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition because of at least three previous felony convictions.
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Those felony convictions include impersonating a police officer and unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon in Oregon in 2006. His record also includes a 1996 conviction in Michigan for the unlawful possession of a loaded firearm.
Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico stated in a press release that if Hopkins is convicted on the new firearms violation, he could spend up to 10 years in federal prison.
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In October 2017, FBI agents received information on a public access line about alleged “militia extremist activity” in Flora Vista, New Mexico, the criminal complaint states. The document states the tip was related to a group called the United Constitutional Patriots and their “so-called ‘commander'” Larry Hopkins, a.k.a. Johnny Horton, Jr.
The complaint continues stating that “witnesses reported seeing members of the United Constitutional Patriots bearing firearms at Hopkin’s residence.” The complaint adds that...
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