Firearms Trafficker Pleads Guilty to 27 Counts Related to Unlicensed Firearms Sales and Possession of Illegal Weapons
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment Thursday, July 20, 2023, against Galt residents Dexter Weeks, 32, and William Lesley, 33, charging both with being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, on May 25, 2023, law enforcement officers conducted a parole search of Weeks’ residence, where Lesley also was staying. Over the course of the search, law enforcement found multiple firearms of different calibers from in Week’s bedroom and Lesley’s bedroom and other areas of the residence. The firearms included a Saiga AK-47 semi-automatic rifle. Weeks and Lesley are prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because they each have multiple state felony convictions, including convictions for felon in possession of a firearm in Cook County, Illinois.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office, the Parole Division of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Haddy Abouzeid is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, each defendant faces 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.
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.