Anchorage Felon Sentenced for Possession of A Firearm
Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that on June 10, 2010, Christopher Thomas Mejia, of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to 21 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
United States District Court Judge John W. Sedwick imposed the sentence on Mejia, age 21.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Yvonne Lamoureux, who prosecuted the case, Mejia pled guilty to the one-count indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. On September 27, 2009, Mejia was stopped for speeding by the Anchorage Police Department. Mejia had a loaded .40 caliber handgun in the vehicle. Mejia is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition due to his prior felony conviction in the State of Alaska for misconduct involving weapons in the second degree for knowingly discharging a firearm at or in the direction of a building, with reckless disregard for a risk of physical injury to a person.
Ms. Loeffler commended the Anchorage Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Mejia. Mejia was prosecuted under the Project Safe Neighborhood program, a nationwide commitment to reducing firearm and gang crime in America.