The United States District Attorney's Office, District of Nevada says a former gang member with eight prior felony convictions and prior conviction for domestic battery was sentenced on Monday to six years and six months for unlawful possession of a firearm.

They said 32-year-old Miguel Rodriguez-Franco pleaded guilty in May 2019 to one count of felon in possession of a firearm. 

The Attorney's Office says he was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

They said in November 2018, the Sparks Police Department responded to the Western Village Inn & Casino after Rodriguez-Franco allegedly passed a fraudulent check at the cashier cage. They said he was detained by security and then placed under arrest.

The Attorney's Office said medics were called after he complained of being short of breath. They said officers searched him prior to allowing him into the ambulance. They said during the search, they found a loaded .380 semi-automatic pistol in his jacket pocket.