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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of California

www.justice.gov/usao/cae

For Immediate Release

February 20, 2013

Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney

Contact: Lauren Horwood
916-554-2706
usacae.edcapress@usdoj.gov

Taking Felons with Firearms off the Streets

The Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative brings together federal, state and local law enforcement to combat gun and gang crime. At the core of PSN is increased federal prosecution to incapacitate chronic violent offenders as well as to communicate a credible deterrent threat to potential gun offenders. United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announces the following actions in federal PSN cases.

Fresno Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Unregistered Firearm

On Tuesday, February 19, 2013, Rudy Ramirez Soto, 35, of Fresno, pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm that had not been registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. Assistant United States Attorney Grant B. Rabenn is prosecuting the case.

Sacramento Man Indicted for Firearm Violation

On Thursday, February 14, 2013, a federal grand jury indicted Bradley David McGrath, 45, of Sacramento, charging him with one count of being a felon in possession of a handgun. The indictment alleges that McGrath has several felony convictions for possession of controlled substances, transportation and sale of controlled substances, and auto theft. The charges are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Assistant United States Attorney Michael McCoy is prosecuting the case.

Fresno Man Indicted for Possession of Pistol While Being a Felon

On February 14, 2013, a federal grand jury indicted Martin Romero, 32, of Fresno, charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that on December 24, 2012, Barajas was in possession of a 9 mm Smith and Wesson pistol. He has prior felony convictions for evading police officers and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charges are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly A. Sanchez is prosecuting the case.

The maximum statutory penalty for being a felon in possession of a firearm is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentences, however, would 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. These cases are the product of investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the California Highway Patrol, and the police department of Fresno and Sacramento.

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