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For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

FRESNO, Calif. — Brian Zamora, 30, of Fresno, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Jennifer L. Thurston to four years in prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, officers stopped the car Zamora was traveling in after learning that he was a wanted parolee-at-large and had been spotted in the area. Officers found Zamora’s loaded AR-style “ghost gun” without a serial number and 30-round magazine concealed in a duffle bag in the car. Zamora is a felon, so he is prohibited from possessing both firearms and ammunition. In addition to three felony convictions for vehicle theft, one felony conviction for carrying a loaded firearm, two felony convictions for second degree burglary, one felony conviction for felon in possession of a firearm, Zamora was on parole for second degree attempted robbery at the time of the crime.

This case was the product of an investigation by the FBI, the Fresno Police Department Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC), and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Assistant United States Attorney Laura Jean Berger prosecuted the case.

Zamora remains in federal custody.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated September 30, 2022

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 1:20-cr-00040-JLT-SKO