Project Safe Neighborhoods Cases Sentenced Today
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As part the Eastern District of California’s strategy to reduce violent crime by focusing on eradicating illegal firearms, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced the sentencing today of three federal firearms offenders.
U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley sentenced Tony Hill, 25, of Stockton to seven years and two months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to court documents, Hill was found in possession of a stolen Smith & Wesson pistol with a speed-loader. Hill, who has multiple prior felony convictions, was on parole at the time of his arrest from a prior offense, and had been out of prison for less than four months. This case is the product of an investigation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Stockton Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Desmond prosecuted the case. 2:17-cr-168 TLN
U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. sentenced Nicholas J. Lopez, 31, of Sacramento to seven years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to court documents, in October 2016, Lopez was stopped for speeding on Interstate 5 in Glenn County. Because Lopez was driving with a suspended license, the car was seized and later searched. Inside the car the officers found a 9 mm handgun with a loaded 15-round magazine, two .40-caliber firearm magazines loaded with 10 rounds, and two 9 mm firearm magazines loaded with 10 rounds. Officers then executed a search warrant at Lopez’s residence where they found additional firearms. Because Lopez has previous felony convictions, he is prohibited from possessing firearms. This case is the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Glenn Interagency Narcotics Task Force and the California Highway Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Owen Roth prosecuted the case.
Judge Nunley sentenced Lavell McDonald, 38, of Stockton, to five years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to court documents, on February 16, 2016, McDonald was stopped while driving a moped in Stockton for an outstanding warrant. Officers searched him and found a 9 mm handgun with a bullet in the chamber. They also found a loaded magazine that matched the handgun nearby. McDonald had previously been convicted of a felony and was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition. This case is the product of an investigation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Stockton Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Owen Roth prosecuted the case. 2:17-cr-010 TLN
These cases are 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. Attorney General Jeff Sessions 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.