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Utah man sentenced for 2022 pawn shop burglaries

Utah man sentenced for 2022 pawn shop burglaries
Utah man sentenced for 2022 pawn shop burglaries

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — A 20-year-old West Valley City man was sentenced Tuesday in connection with the 2022 break-ins at two pawn shops.

Axel Castillo Hernandez, 20, was sentenced to 24 months in prison, three years probation and a $250,000 fine.

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He was sentenced after the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah said Hernandez “admitted to participating in the burglary of two federal firearms licensed businesses in which he and his co-conspirator drove a vehicle through the front doors of Xtreme Pawn and 1st Cash Pawn in 2022 and stole firearms.”

Hernandez was convicted nearly a year after his co-defendant, 21-year-old Angel Jovanny Gonzalez-Luna, pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced in August 2023.

In August 2022, Hernandez and Gonzalez-Luna broke into the front of Xtreme Pawn and 1st Cash Pawn using stolen vehicles, causing “significant damage” to the vehicles and property, according to a press release from the law firm.

The co-defendants stole approximately 30 firearms during the break-ins, the press release said. One of the firearms was seized in December 2022 and was forensically linked to a murder, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Although the murder was not linked to Hernandez and Gonzalez-Luna, prosecutors said the pair “sold or otherwise disposed of the stolen firearms without regard to what they would be used for.”

Hernandez was arrested in October 2023 after being on the run for more than a year, prosecutors said.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah.

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