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Felon Who Possessed A Loaded Handgun Sentenced To Almost Nine Years In Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California
Lamar Ryan Was Convicted at Trial in December 2023 After Being Arrested in South San Francisco, Where He Brought a Woman He Pressured to Work for Him as a Commercial Sex Worker

SAN FRANCISCO – Lamar Nolan Ryan has been sentenced to 105 months in prison following his conviction at trial for illegally possessing a loaded firearm, announced United States Attorney Ismail J. Ramsey; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge Robert K. Tripp; and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Jennifer Cicolani. The sentence was handed down by the Hon. William H. Orrick, Senior United States District Judge.

Ryan, 42, of San Francisco, was convicted at a bench trial in December 2023 on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). A federal grand jury had indicted him on that offense in August 2023.

The evidence presented at trial showed that, on July 1, 2023, Ryan possessed a loaded, semi-automatic Glock handgun with an obliterated serial number that he had concealed in a holster underneath his clothes. Law enforcement officers detained Ryan in South San Francisco after receiving a report that he had taken a woman there and was attempting to coerce her to perform commercial sex work.

According to the government’s sentencing memorandum, the defendant met the woman at a San Francisco motel, where he paid her $500 for sex. After having sex with the woman, however, the defendant took the money back and tried to convince the woman to perform commercial sex acts under his management, in exchange for a 30 percent cut of her profits. The woman reluctantly agreed to go with the defendant, and he brought her to South San Francisco, where the defendant rented a motel room and showed the woman a handgun, telling her she would be “protected” while working for him. Not long thereafter, South San Francisco police officers found the defendant and the woman—whose family had tracked her location using her cellphone—in a car parked outside a laundromat.

In addition to sentencing Ryan to prison, Judge Orrick ordered the defendant to serve three years of supervised release to begin after his prison term is completed.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jared Buszin and Alexandra Shepard are prosecuting the case with assistance from Maribel Gallegos. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI and ATF.

Updated April 24, 2024