DENVER -- A man arrested 11 months ago in Otero County has been sent to federal prison for more than 3 years for a gun crime.

Manuel Garcia was sentenced earlier this month in Denver at the U.S. District Court for Colorado to a prison term of 46 months
The Tribune-Democrat reported in August that Garcia, 44, pleaded guilty to having a gun after being convicted of a felony.
He was arrested Dec. 28 when Deputy Sheriff Juan Estrada was dispatched to US. 50 and County Road 24 for a single-car crash.
Estrada said he saw a pistol in the vehicle Garcia had ben driving.

Garcia admitted he had two prior felony convictions for crimes of violence: domestic abuse injury in 2006 and 2012, in California.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for Colorado, which prosecuted Garcia, said he lived in Rocky Ford when the charge was filed against him.

The Otero County Sheriff's Office worked with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to take the case to federal court.

Judge Robert E. "Bob" Blackburn, who imposed the sentence, also ordered Garcia to be under supervision of a court officer for 3 years after he is released from prison.