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

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sacramento Man Indicted for Firearms Trafficking

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned an 18-count indictment today against Shawn Darrell Wilson, 27, of Sacramento, charging him with dealing firearms without a license, possessing a firearm as a felon, and illegal possession of a machine gun, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Wilson met with an undercover agent and two confidential sources on 17 occasions between September 12, 2017, and December 8, 2017, and sold them a variety of firearms, including a fully automatic machine gun, several AR-15-type rifles and pistols, and handguns. In all, Wilson sold investigators 46 firearms, many of which lacked a serial number or other identifying markings. Wilson is prohibited from possessing firearms based on a prior felony conviction.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with special assistance from the Sacramento Police Department and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office’s Gangs, Hate Crimes, and Narcotics unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy H. Delgado is prosecuting the case.

If convicted of dealing firearms without a license, Wilson faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty for possessing a firearm as a felon and illegal possession of a machine gun is 10 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 defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 
2:18-cr-045 MCE
Updated March 8, 2018