Armed border group member arrested faced similar charges in 2006

New Mexico
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The member of an armed civilian border group arrested in New Mexico Saturday and has been in trouble before.

The FBI arrested 69-year-old Larry Hopkins, also known as Johnny Horton Jr., on Saturday for being a felon with a gun in Sunland Park, New Mexico. Hopkins is part of a group accused of detaining immigrants who cross into the United States at gunpoint. 

The complaint states that Hopkins unlawfully possessed nine firearms and ammunition in his residence in San Juan County in 2017. The 69-year-old had previously been convicted in Oregon in 2006 of felony possession of a firearm and impersonating a peace officer, and in Michigan in 1996 for possession of a loaded firearm.

Hopkins made his initial appearance on the criminal complaint in federal court in Las Cruces before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory B. Wormuth Monday morning. He will remain in custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing that is scheduled to be held Monday, April 29.

Hopkins will go before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen B. Molzen in the Rio Grande courtroom of the federal courthouse in Albuquerque.

If convicted on the charge in the criminal complaint, Hopkins faces a maximum statutory penalty of ten years of imprisonment. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the charges in the criminal complaint are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law.

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