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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Humboldt County Resident Sentenced To 36 Months In Prison For Being A Felon In Possession Of An Assault Rifle

SAN FRANCISCO – Shayne Gregory Maupin was sentenced today to 36 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett. 

Maupin, 27, of Humboldt County, Calif., pleaded guilty on May 14, 2019, to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1).  According to his plea agreement, on January 2, 2019, Maupin possessed a Romarm WASR-10 assault rifle, with a 30-round magazine, loaded with 7.62 x 39 mm ammunition, inserted into it.  Maupin further admitted he possessed additional equipment including a 10-round magazine loaded with 7.62 x 39 mm ammunition, additional rounds of ammunition, and a camouflage body vest.  Maupin admitted that at the time he possessed these items, he already had been convicted of a felony punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year and therefore he was not eligible to possess a firearm.

On February 7, 2019, a federal grand jury indicted Maupin charging him with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition, both in violation 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1).  Pursuant to his plea agreement, Maupin pleaded guilty to the firearm charge. The ammunition charge was dismissed at sentencing. 

The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Richard Seeborg, U.S. District Judge.  Judge Seeborg also sentenced the defendant to a three-year period of supervised release.  The defendant will begin serving the sentence immediately.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lina Peng is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Margoth Turcios.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI with assistance from the Arcata Police Department.
 

Updated July 31, 2019