Colorado fugitive convicted on local firearms charges

A Colorado fugitive arrested in December in a Scottsbluff motel was convicted Wednesday of firearm charges that could produce a hefty prison sentence. 23 year old Bruno Hernandez was found guilty by a Scotts Bluff County District Court jury of two counts of being a fugitive in possession of a firearm.

Hernandez was taken into custody at the Super 8 Motel December 15th, 2011 on a Colorado warrant for failing to appear on attempted 1st Degree murder, witness tampering and weapons charges in a Fort Lupton case.

Hernadez was initially charged with felony drug and weapons counts but Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner said new charges had to be filed after District Judge Randy Lippstreu ruled authorities needed a warrant to search for the drugs seized in the case.

Each count Hernandez was convicted of carries a minimum sentence of three years in prison with a maximum of up to fifty years in prison.

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