Felon Gets More Prison Time for Stolen Valor Conviction

A previously convicted New Mexico felon will spend more time in jail after a federal judge sentenced him in a case involving stolen valor. The man was also convicted for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

A judge in Albuquerque, New Mexico, sentenced Anthony Lee Gambino, 45, to six months in prison following his conviction on charges of falsely claiming military awards with the intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefits, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Gambino also pleaded guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Following the completion of his prison time, Gambino will serve 3 years on supervised release.

A 2016 investigation revealed that Gambino made commercial videos for his own company, Gambino Security Safety Corp. In them, he advertised firearms and tactical training. The clips depicted the previously convicted felon armed with a rifle, holstered sidearms, and handguns, prosecutors said.

Gambino’s criminal history includes convictions for commercial burglary, failure to appear, and menacing involving a deadly weapon. These convictions make him ineligible to purchase, own, or possess a firearm. During his plea hearing, Gambino admitted that on May 12, 2016, he possessed six firearms and multiple rounds of ammunition. He also admitted to claiming to have been awarded a Purple Heart and a U.S. Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon.

While Gambino did serve in the Marine Corps, he was never in combat and did not earn either award, prosecutors stated. The Marine Corps discharged Gambino with an other-than-honorable discharge.

Breitbart Texas reported on another man who a judge sentenced to spend four years in a Texas prison after he falsely claimed to be a Navy SEAL. A gun store presented the fake frogman with a rifle valued at more than $2,000 in honor of his service. After becoming suspicious, officials learned the man did serve in the Navy, but as a seaman apprentice. He also claimed to have received a Purple Heart.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTXGab, and Facebook. Originally published on Breitbart Texas.

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