United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Porterville Felon Indicted for Federal Firearms Offense
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
CONTACT: Lauren Horwood
July 28, 2011
PHONE: (916) 554-2706
FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Jose Pulido, Jr., 31, of Porterville, with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The indictment alleges that Pulido was previously convicted of two felonies: unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and possession of a controlled substance.
"When we deny convicted felons access to firearms, we prevent imminent violent crime from occurring in our neighborhoods," stated Special Agent in Charge Stephen C. Herkins. "ATF will continue to work diligently with our law enforcement partners to keep firearms away from people who cannot legally possess them."
If convicted, Pulido faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Tule River Tribal Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). Assistant United States Attorney Yasin Mohammad is prosecuting the case.
The charges are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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