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Former Felon Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Possession Of A Firearm

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

RENO, Nev. – A former felon who was found guilty by a jury in June was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada. United States District Judge Larry R. Hicks presided over the sentencing hearing.

After a three-day jury trial, Ricky Carter Jr., 39, of Reno, was found guilty of one count of felon in possession of a firearm. In November 2016, he illegally possessed a 9mm semiautomatic pistol after prior felony convictions in Washoe County.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Regional Gang Unit. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Rachow.

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 September 25, 2017

Firearms Offenses