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Former Felon Convicted Of Unlawful Possession Of Firearms

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

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A jury convicted a former felon Thursday of unlawful possession of one Heckler & Koch machine pistol and one Sig Sauer automatic rifle after multiple prior felony convictions in California, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steve W. Myhre for the District of Nevada.


Following a three-day jury trial, Jack Benjamin Hessiani, 39, of Ventura, California, was found guilty of one count of felon in possession of a firearm. United States District Judge Larry R. Hicks presided over the trial and scheduled sentencing for March 22, 2018. At the time of sentencing, Hessiani faces the statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Phillip N. Smith Jr. and Alexandra Michael are prosecuting the case.


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 December 22, 2017

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