Firearms Trafficker Pleads Guilty to 27 Counts Related to Unlicensed Firearms Sales and Possession of Illegal Weapons
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Eric Terrell Christian, 32, of Vacaville, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, on July 21, 2022, Christian failed to yield during a traffic stop and sped away from the officer. Moments later, a witness called 911 and reported seeing a firearm in a parking lot that Christian had just driven through. On Aug. 11, 2022, Christian fled again when officers attempted to stop him for a related parole violation. He fled on foot from his car but was quickly apprehended. In his vehicle, officers located a Glock handgun with a round in the chamber and another 17 rounds in an inserted high-capacity magazine. Christian was also found to be in possession of a Palmetto Arms AR-style pistol with a round in the chamber and 36 additional rounds in an inserted, high-capacity magazine. Christian is not allowed to possess firearms because he has previously been convicted of three felony offenses, including two convictions for assault with a deadly weapon. Christian was on parole from his second assault conviction when he committed the current offense.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Vacaville Police Department, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – Division of Adult Parole Operations, the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, the FBI’s Solano County Violent Crimes Task Force, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrian T. Kinsella prosecuted 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. For more information about Project Safe Neighborhoods, please visit Justice.gov/PSN.