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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Two Solano County Men Indicted for Possessing a Firearm as a Felon

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned two separate indictments today against Maurice Darnell Jones, Jr. 21, of Vacaville, and Jerry Lyle Andrews, Jr., 34, of Vallejo, charging each with one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

U.S. v. Maurice Darnell Jones Jr., 2:17-cr-173 JAM

 According to court documents, on August 27, 2017, the Vacaville Police Department encountered Jones and recovered a .40-caliber handgun near his vehicle. Jones is prohibited by law from possessing firearms.    

This case is the product of a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Solano County Violent Crimes Task Force, the Vacaville Police Department, and the Vallejo Police Department.

U.S. v. Jerry Lyle Andrews Jr., 2:17-cr-174 MCE

In a separate case, on July 26, 2017, law enforcement officers confronted Andrews in a hotel parking lot in Fairfield where he allegedly discarded a .40‑caliber semi-automatic handgun under a car before he was arrested.  The gun was loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition, including seven rounds of hollow point ammunition. Andrews is prohibited by law from possessing firearms.   

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Solano County Violent Crimes Task Force, the Vallejo Police Department, and the Fairfield Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy H. Delgado is prosecuting both cases.

If convicted, Jones and Andrews each face a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence would be determined at the discretion of the district court after considering any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Updated September 21, 2017