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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 5, 2019

Fairfield Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Possessing a Firearm as a Felon

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Wesley Ian Groves, 35, of Fairfield, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, to four years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Groves pleaded guilty on May 20, 2019. According to court records, in December 2018, police stopped Groves’ car for a traffic violation. When the officer spoke to Groves, Groves said he had a gun underneath the driver’s seat. The officer searched the car and found a loaded pistol under the driver’s seat. The pistol was loaded with one round in the chamber and three rounds in the magazine. A subsequent records check showed that the gun was reported stolen out of Reno, Nevada. Groves cannot lawfully possess firearms or ammunition because he has previously been convicted of three felony offenses.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Fairfield Police Department with assistance from the FBI’s Solano County Violent Crimes Task Force and the Solano County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy H. Delgado prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Press Release Number: 
2:19-cr-026 KJM
Updated August 5, 2019