Project Safe Neighborhoods Indictments
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence. At the core of PSN is setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place. U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announces the following recent indictments in federal PSN cases.
A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment Thursday against Kinayah Latson, 24, of Roseville, charging her with being a felon in possession of ammunition. According to court documents, Latson arrested on Sept. 17, 2023, after law enforcement officers responded to domestic violence 9-1-1 call and found Latson in possession of a loaded Glock-style Polymer80 firearm with 11 rounds of ammunition. Subsequently, on November 25, 2023, Latson was found in possession of a Glock-style Polymer80 firearm with 33 rounds of ammunition. This case is the product of an investigation by the FBI with assistance from the Roseville Police Department, the CHP, the Davis Police Department, the Ontario Police Department, and the ATF. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Lee is prosecuting the case.
On Nov. 30, 2023, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Sovan Leng, 32, of Stockton, charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to court documents, on Oct. 16, 2023, Leng was found to be in possession of a Glock 17 9 mm pistol. Leng is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to several prior felony convictions for assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of a stolen vehicle, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a controlled substance. This case is the product of an investigation by the Stockton Police Department and ATF. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alstyn Bennett is prosecuting the case.
On Dec. 7, 2023, a federal grand jury returned a single-count indictment against Jerone Sotolongo, 30, of Stockton, charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to court documents, Sotolongo possessed a firearm, even though he was prohibited from doing so because he is a convicted felon. This case is the product of an investigation by the Stockton Police Department and the ATF. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ross Pearson is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, these defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would 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. The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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 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 Justice.gov/PSN.
These cases are the result of the ongoing collaboration between the Sacramento Police Department and its local, state, and federal partners as part of a Public Safety Partnership (PSP) to address violent crime in our community. Started in 2022, the Sacramento PSP is a multifaceted violence-reduction strategy that relies on innovative data-driven strategies to promote public and community safety. Participating PSP partners include: the Sacramento County’s District Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the DEA, the ATF, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Updated December 15, 2023
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