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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Nevada Fugitive Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Docket #: 2:13-cr-0142-MCE



SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Christopher Lee Lang, 48, of Grass Valley, pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.
On October 24, 2012, law enforcement attempted to make contact with Lang after observing him commit traffic violations. Lang was apprehended after leading law enforcement on a high speed chase through Nevada County streets and crashing his vehicle near the front yard of a residence. According to court documents, law enforcement fired at Lang after they observed him reaching towards his rear waistband. Law enforcement later patted down, located, and removed Lang's fully loaded firearm from his rear waistband. Lang initially lied to law enforcement, providing a false name and date of birth. Subsequent to his arrest, Lang stated he traded a line of methamphetamine in exchange for the firearm. At the time of his arrest, Lang was a fugitive from the state of Nevada. Lang had escaped earlier in 2012 from the Nevada Correctional Facility in Carson City, Nevada.

Lang w is scheduled to be sentenced on July 25, 2013, by U.S. District Court Judge Morrison C. England. Lang faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 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.



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