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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of California

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney

Contact: Lauren Horwood

Jury Returns a Guilty Verdict for Felon in Possession of Ammunition

FRESNO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal jury returned a guilty verdict today against Shane Stone, 32, of Fresno, for being a felon in possession of ammunition.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on December 15, 2010, a Fresno Police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop after Stone failed to stop at a red light. Stone led officers on a high-speed chase, driving up to 65 miles per hour in a 40-mile-per-hour zone, and crashing into three cars before coming to a rest. Stone fled on foot, and officers, assisted by California Highway Patrol's Air One, gave chase. The officers arrested Stone and found a sock filled with 15 rounds of ammunition beneath him. Stone was on federal supervised release for a firearm conviction.

Stone is scheduled to be sentenced on November 4, 2011 by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill. The maximum statutory penalty for the charge is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Fresno Police Department. This case was prosecuted federally as a result of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Ceasefire initiative in the City of Fresno, in which federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies team up with community organizations to assist gang members in choosing alternatives to violence. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Sanchez and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Renfro are prosecuting the case.