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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

Monday, October 29, 2018

Bakersfield Man Sentenced For Illegally Possessing A Firearm

FRESNO, Calif. — Ladaireus Jones, 25, of Bakersfield, was sentenced by United States District Dale A. Drozd today to more than four and a half years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Jones, a documented member of a Bakersfield criminal street gang known as the West Side Crips, possessed a loaded, stolen .38 caliber revolver on October 25, 2017. The complaint filed in this case alleged that telephone calls intercepted pursuant to a court-authorized federal wiretap indicated that Jones and another individual possessed weapons located in a backpack at the scene of a car accident. Officers responded to the scene and seized two firearms from the backpack, including the .38 caliber revolver. Jones later pleaded guilty to possessing that weapon.

According to the indictment and Jones’s subsequent plea agreement, at the time he possessed the revolver, Jones had been convicted of two felonies in Kern County, a 2009 conviction for Assault with Force Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury, and a 2012 conviction for being felon in possession of a firearm. Consequently, he had been prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

This case is the product of an investigation of the West Side Crips by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the California Department of Justice, the Bakersfield Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorneys Angela Scott and Vincenza Rabenn are prosecuting the case.

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 
1:15-cr-322 DAD
Updated October 29, 2018