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Convicted Felon Sentenced To Eighty-Four Months Of Imprisonment For Possessing A Firearm And Ammunition

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California

SAN FRANCISCO – Oliver Barcenas was sentenced to 84 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) Special Agent in Charge Rayfield Roundtree.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Vince Chhabria, United States District Judge.

Barcenas, 28, of Richmond, Calif., pleaded guilty to the charge on December 11, 2018.  According to the plea agreement, Barcenas admitted that on June 9, 2018, while on a crowded street in San Francisco, he possessed a loaded Glock 30, .45 caliber handgun, with an extended magazine. Barcenas admitted that he was approached by a San Francisco police officer, attempted to evade arrest, fled from the police, and while doing so, removed the firearm from his waistband.  Further, Barcenas admitted that on June 9, 2018, he was a convicted felon and was not eligible to possess a firearm.  According to court documents, San Francisco police officers arrested Barcenas hours after the Golden State Warriors’ 2018 victory in the NBA championship and during celebrations of the win.  During those celebrations in San Francisco, Barcenas ran on a crowded sidewalk while holding the firearm and threw the loaded gun into the crowded street.

On August 30, 2018, a federal grand jury indicted Barcenas, charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1).  Barcenas pleaded guilty to the charge.  

In addition to the prison term, Judge Chhabria ordered Barcenas to serve a three-year term of supervised release to begin at the conclusion of his prison term.  

Assistant United States Attorney Ross Weingarten is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Marina Ponomarchuk.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the ATF and the San Francisco Police Department.    

Updated March 7, 2019

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