FRESNO, Calif. — Keith Delray Breazell, 32, of Fresno, CA, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Ana de Alba to 37 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, on May 25, 2021, detectives working for the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC) reported to a cemetery, where they observed Breazell and a group of males congregating. As officers approached the area, the males dispersed. Breazell ran and climbed over a cinder block wall on the property line of the cemetery. Breazell was apprehended by assisting officers. Two detectives canvassed the area where Breazell had been seen standing and saw an abandoned blue backpack. Inside the backpack, officers found a loaded, privately manufactured, semi-automatic, .40 caliber pistol without a serial number (sometimes called a “ghost gun”). The backpack also contained an additional loaded, .40 caliber magazine which contained 13 live .40 caliber rounds of ammunition. The backpack also contained a wallet with Breazell’s California identification card inside. Breazell is prohibited from possessing firearms because he has previously been convicted of several felony crimes. Breazell was arrested, charged, and pled guilty.
The case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and MAGEC. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin J. Gilio is prosecuted the case.
This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, 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.