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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 17, 2022

Two Fresno Men Plead Guilty to Illegal Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

FRESNO, Calif. — Edward Page, 33, and Trayvon Smith, 32, both of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to being felons in possession of a firearm and ammunition, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, on June 21, 2021, law enforcement officers received a report of two individuals possessing a firearm in a hotel parking lot. When the officers responded to the parking lot, they located the suspected car and activated their emergency lights. Page and Smith exited a car, Smith initially fled, but both were eventually detained. The officers then searched the car and found two loaded firearms. Page and Smith are both prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of their criminal history.

Page and Smith are scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 17, 2023, by U.S. District Judge Ana de Alba. Page and Smith face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. The actual sentence, however, will 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.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fresno Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin J. Gilio is prosecuting the case.

This case is 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.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated October 17, 2022