Edinburg woman violates probation, pleads guilty in firearms case

DOCS: Woman was previously convicted for human smuggling

An Edinburg woman admitted she grabbed a gun and shot it at her home during an argument with her partner — all while being on federal probation for an unrelated human smuggling charge, records show.

Natalie Johann Lozano admitted in federal court Friday that she violated the terms of her supervised release when she fired at least one shot at her residence during an argument with her boyfriend in February 2020, the complaint against her stated.

She was in federal court Friday to have her bond rescinded, but the court decided to allow her to remain free on a $25,000 bond after she admitted to the violation.

According to court records, the 24-year-old woman was on federal supervised release for a human smuggling conviction in May 2019.

During the February 2020 incident, Edinburg police found a Smith & Wesson 40-caliber pistol. Police believe Lozano retrieved the firearm from a vehicle parked at the residence and fired toward the home.

Officers subsequently arrested Lozano and she was charged with aggravated assault and criminal mischief, court records show.

During a post-Miranda interview, Lozano told officers she was on federal supervised release for the smuggling conviction in May 2019, the complaint stated.

On Monday, Lozano formally pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful transport of firearms in connection with the February 2020 incident, records show.

The court set a sentencing hearing for Lozano Oct. 26, records show. She remains free on bond pending that hearing.