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Sacramento Man Indicted for Assaulting Federal Agents with a Firearm

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a 14-count indictment today against Jason Raysean Broadbent, 32, of Sacramento, charging him with assaulting federal officers with a deadly weapon and various firearms and drug trafficking offenses, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to the indictment, on November 19, 2015, Broadbent assaulted Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives agents by firing and brandishing a Glock semi‑automatic pistol while they were performing their official duties in Sacramento County. Broadbent, a convicted felon, allegedly possessed multiple firearms, including two machineguns and a pipe bomb. The indictment further alleges that Broadbent possessed methamphetamine for distribution within 1,000 feet of a private secondary school and on a premises where children were present or resided.

This case is the product of an investigation by ATF, the Sacramento Police Department, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, the Woodland Police Department, the Yolo County Narcotic Enforcement Team, and the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David W. Spencer and Justin L. Lee are prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Broadbent faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $20 million fine. Broadbent also faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison on some of the drug trafficking charges. He faces separate mandatory minimum sentences of five to 30 years in prison, consecutive to any other prison term imposed, for possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes. He also faces a mandatory consecutive sentence of 10 years in prison for discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and a mandatory consecutive sentence of seven years in prison for brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. 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 defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), 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.

Updated September 5, 2019

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Press Release Number: 2:19-cr-00155-GEB