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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Las Vegas Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Possession Of A Stolen Firearm

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A convicted felon who carried a stolen 9mm handgun into an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, then aimed the gun at a police officer was sentenced today to a total of 120 months in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada.

Marcus Richard Thomas, 36, of Las Vegas, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to one-count of possession of a stolen firearm. United States District Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey presided over the sentencing hearing.

According to the plea agreement, Thomas admitted that, on March 31, 2017, he brought a stolen Glock 9mm firearm to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. When approached by law enforcement, Thomas aimed the firearm at the police officer, who in turn fired at Thomas, striking him. Thomas admitted that he knew the firearm was stolen.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip N. Smith Jr. prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN. For more information about PSN, visit www.justice.gov/usao-nv.

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Updated February 22, 2018