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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of California

For Immediate Release

Monday, October 31, 2011

Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney

Contact: Lauren Horwood, Public Information Officer
(916) 554-2706

Fresno Felon Pleads Guilty to Illegal Firearms Possession for a Fourth Time in Less than 10 Years

FRESNO, Calif.— United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that Chief United States District Court Judge Anthony W. Ishii accepted a guilty plea from Vue Her, 26, of Fresno, California to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

This case is the product of investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Clovis Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol. The investigation and prosecution are part of Project SAFE Neighborhoods, a cooperative effort of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies aimed at combating firearms and violent crimes.

According to Court documents, on December 7, 2010 Her was involved in an incident where he ran from police and dropped a loaded handgun. On January 20, 2011, Her was ordered to remain detained. However, on January 26, 2011, the government filed a petition for an arrest warrant as a result of Her being mistakenly released from jail, and an arrest warrant issued. Her was then arrested on April 23, 2011 after again running from a car that police had stopped, and he threw another loaded handgun and possessed methamphetamine he said he was going to sell. Both incidents occurred after Her was convicted in 2005 for Carrying a Concealed Weapon and in 2008 for being a Felon in Possession of a firearm.

ATF’s primary mission is to reduce violent crime and in doing so protect the citizens of our communities, said Stephen C. Herkins. We will continue to aggressively pursue these repeat offenders with our law enforcement partners and remove dangerous weapons from their grasp and hold them accountable for their crimes.

The maximum statutory penalty for the charges is 60 years imprisonment and a $2,500,000 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.