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Sparks Man Sentenced To Prison For Unlawful Possession Of Firearms

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

RENO – A Sparks resident was sentenced on Monday by Chief U.S. District Judge Miranda M. Du to 77 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for unlawful possession of three firearms after prior felony convictions.

According to court documents, David Lee Wiley Jr., 41, pleaded guilty in August 2022 to felon in possession of firearms. He admitted that on February 4, 2022, he possessed three firearms, which included a rifle, a stolen Glock 30S .45 caliber pistol, and a 9mm IWI UZI pistol with a loaded, high-capacity magazine. Wiley is prohibited by law from possessing a firearm due to prior felony convictions in Washoe County, including convictions for Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Sale.

U.S. Attorney Jason M. Frierson for the District of Nevada and Acting Special Agent in Charge Joshua Jackson for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the Sparks Police Department and ATF. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Keenan prosecuted the case.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. For more information about PSN, visit




Updated December 20, 2022

Firearms Offenses