Denver man captured in Aurora sentenced for possession of stolen guns

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DENVER | A Denver man whose DNA evidence at the scene of a gun burglary led to his June 2016 arrest in Aurora was sentenced last week to serve nearly six years in a federal prison, according to the District of Colorado U.S. Department of Justice.

Eric Michael Perez, 20, was sentenced Feb. 23 by U.S. District Court Judge Philip A. Brimmer to serve 70 months in federal prison on charges of a felon in possession of a firearm, followed by three years supervised probation.

Perez was indicted by a federal grand jury July 27, 2016, and pleaded guilty to the charge in November.  

According to court documents, 35 guns were stolen June 21, 2016 from Colorado Gun Broker in Jefferson County during an after-hours burglary. While processing the scene, investigators discovered fresh blood on the price tag of a shotgun used to break glass display cases containing the stolen weapons. The blood sample and DNA profile were analyzed and matched Perez.

 ATF agents and Aurora police on June 29, 2016, through investigative leads and databases, located Perez at a residence in Aurora. He was taken into custody on outstanding state and federal warrants. After receiving consent to search, agents and officers found two firearms in a bedroom that were stolen in the Colorado Gun Broker burglary.

“Investigating the gun store burglaries and recovering the stolen firearms is a top priority for ATF,” said Debora Livingston, ATF Denver Field Division’s lead special agent. “ATF is collaborating closely with all the affected police departments and neighboring jurisdictions to pool our intelligence and investigative resources. This is our first success, and it will not be the last.”

Perez was not allowed to possess any firearms after conviction of crimes punishable by more than a year in prison. Perez was also serving a 15-month consecutive sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections for a probation violation related to an auto theft conviction out of Jefferson County.

The case was investigated by ATF, Aurora police and Jefferson County sheriff’s office.