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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Fresno Man Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Drug Deal Gone Bad

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 23, 2013
 

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Docket #: 1:12-CR-00199 LJO

 

 

FRESNO, Calif. — Edward Mitchell, 33, of Fresno, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to eight years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

“This case shows how firearms used by violent criminals terrorize our communities and put the public at risk,” said Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl. “We are continuing to target violent offenders and we are working aggressively with our law enforcement partners to hold those who pose a danger accountable.”

This case is the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Fresno Police Department. The case was investigated as part of the Department of Justice Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative which joins together local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to address gang and gun violence in our communities. Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly A. Sanchez prosecuted the case.

According to court documents, on June 5, 2012, a planned drug deal went awry resulting in two people being shot to death, two people being shot and injured, and several others, including young children, being endangered. Mitchell had arranged to sell cocaine from his apartment to a customer. At the time of the deal, Mitchell, his girlfriend, her four-month-old infant, her four-year-old child, and two of his friends were present. The customer arrived and began shooting at people inside of the apartment. One shot struck the girlfriend in the face while she was holding her infant. Another shot struck and killed one of the friends. Mitchell was shot in the shoulder, and then retrieved a handgun and shot and killed the customer. Officers recovered two firearms that belonged to Mitchell: – a Glock .45-caliber handgun and a Walther, Model P-22, .22-caliber handgun. Officers learned that both firearms had been reported stolen. Officers also recovered several ounces of cocaine. Mitchell has a prior conviction from 2010 for possession of cocaine and another conviction from 2010 for carrying a loaded firearm.

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