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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 29, 2020

Fresno Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

FRESNO, Calif. — Edgar Barrera, 31, of Fresno, was sentenced to 15 years in prison today for being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court records, on Nov. 10, 2019, Barrera was stopped for a traffic violation in the residential neighborhood near the intersection of Carmen and Winery Avenues in Fresno. During the stop, a New England 12-gauge shotgun was found hidden in the backseat of Barrera’s vehicle. Barrera is a convicted felon with three prior felony convictions for domestic violence.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fresno Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Barton prosecuted the case.

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 make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime. To learn more about Project Safe Neighborhoods, go to www.justice.gov/psn.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see www.justice.gov/projectguardian.

Topic(s): 
Project Guardian
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Press Release Number: 
1:18-cr-092
Updated October 29, 2020