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Fresno Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing a Hand Grenade, Ammunition, and Methamphetamine

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

FRESNO, Calif. — Eric Feldmann, 38, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute and being felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. 

According to court documents, on Dec. 24, 2023, Feldmann knowingly possessed an MKII hand grenade with a M204A2 Fuze in his car. The grenade was seized by police and destroyed. Feldmann also possessed methamphetamine and several boxes of .223 caliber ammunition. In 2017, Feldmann was convicted in Kings County of possession of a controlled substance for sale and is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Fresno Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin J. Gilio and Cody S. Chapple are prosecuting the case.

Feldmann is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on Oct. 15, 2024. Feldman faces a mandatory minimum of five years to a maximum of 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $5 million for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. 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.

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 U.S. Department of Justice 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.  For more information about Project Safe Neighborhoods, please visit

Updated May 28, 2024

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