Vallejo Man Indicted on Firearms Charges
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment today against Gregory M. Cox, 51, of Vallejo, charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a short-barrel shotgun, and unlawful possession of a short-barrel rifle, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, on June 2, 2016, Cox, a convicted felon, was found in possession of a Norinco Model 99 12-gauge shotgun, a Savage Arms Stevens Model 940E 12-gauge shotgun with a shortened 13-inch barrel, and a Surplus Ammo and Arms Model LOW15 .223-caliber M4 assault rifle, with a shortened 10-inch barrel and a flash suppressor.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Vallejo Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ross K. Naughton is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Cox faces a maximum statutory penalty of 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.
This case is a product of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force initiative.