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San Ramon Man Sentenced To 40 Months In Prison For A Firearm Crime

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California
Rashad Shambray-Jones Engaged in a Bayview Shooting that Was Caught on Video While Simultaneously Participating in the Court’s Conviction Alternatives Program

OAKLAND – Rashad Shambray-Jones was sentenced today to 40 months in prison for illegally possessing a firearm and 19 rounds of ammunition, announced United States Attorney Ismail J. Ramsey and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Jennifer Cicolani.  The sentence was handed down by the Hon. Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr., United States District Judge.
Shambray-Jones, 30, of San Ramon, pleaded guilty to one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1), on October 6, 2021.  He was charged by Information on September 15, 2021.
As court documents state, Shambray-Jones crashed a vehicle into a fence on federal property on January 31, 2021, and, when police responded to the scene to render assistance, they observed a firearm and nineteen rounds of ammunition on the front floorboard of the driver’s side of the vehicle.  Shambray-Jones was arrested for unlawfully possessing the firearm and ammunition, due to his prohibited status as a convicted felon.  

After pleading guilty to the charged offense, Shambray-Jones was referred to the Northern District of California’s Conviction Alternatives Program (“CAP”), a court-administered program entails intensive supervision of participants prior to sentencing.  The program offers the potential of a reduced or non-custodial sentence for participants who successfully complete it.  Court documents show that, while participating in CAP, Shambray-Jones was captured on surveillance video firing approximately seven rounds from a firearm in a shooting incident that occurred on May 5, 2023, in the Bayview District of San Francisco.  Shambray-Jones was arrested by San Francisco Police Department officers in connection with the May 5 incident after he went to San Francisco General Hospital on September 1, 2023, seeking treatment for a gunshot wound soon after another shooting incident in the same area where the shooting incident occurred on May 5, 2023.

“Alternative justice programs are an important part of our criminal justice system,” said U.S. Attorney Ismail J. Ramsey.  “They often help defendants overcome serious root, personal problems, such as addiction, that motivate their criminal conduct.  But, when defendants masquerade through these programs while in fact continuing to terrorize our streets with gun violence, we will ask for sentences that appropriately address their deception and violent conduct.  Let today’s sentence serve as a warning: the resulting prison time will be serious.”    

“Being in possession of a firearm while being a prohibited person is a crime,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Jennifer Cicolani.  “The defendant in this case was afforded an opportunity to choose a different course of behavior and made the decision not to. The defendant endangered the safety of the public by conducting violent behavior. This violent conduct will not be tolerated and those who chose to put the public in danger will be prosecuted.”
In addition to the prison term, Judge Gilliam ordered Shambray-Jones to serve three years of supervised release once his prison term is completed.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Buszin prosecuted the case, with the assistance of Paralegal Specialist Helen Yee. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by ATF.

Updated March 20, 2024