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Five-Time Felon Sentenced To 20 Years For Possession Of A Firearm And Ammunition

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

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A five-time felon was sentenced today by United States District Judge Kent J. Dawson to 235 months in prison for possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada.

Following a jury trial in October 2016, Mario Jacob Sapp, 40, of Las Vegas, was found guilty of one count each of felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition. At the time of trial, Sapp had five prior felony convictions, including two prior convictions for being a felon in possession of a firearm, a conviction for battery with a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm, and a conviction for conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Phillip N. Smith, Jr. and Patrick Burns.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a nationwide commitment by the Department of Justice to reduce gun and gang crime in America by networking local programs that target gun and gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful. For more information about Project Safe Neighborhoods, visit


Updated May 2, 2017

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