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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of California

For Immediate Release

November 7, 2013

Melinda Haag, United States Attorney

Contact: Josh Eaton, Public Information Officer
(612) 664-5611

22–Year–Old Felon From Vallejo Charged with Carjacking, Brandishing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a three–count indictment today, charging Dashawn Williams, 22, of Vallejo, with carjacking, brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

The indictment alleges that on August 23, 2013, in Solano County, Williams brandished a 9mm handgun to carjack an individual. He took the individual’s 1995 Ford Mustang.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Vallejo Police Department, and the Solano County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jill Thomas is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Williams faces a maximum statutory penalty for carjacking of 25 years in prison, a $250,000 fine; at least seven years in prison for brandishing, ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine for possessing a firearm while being a felon. Any sentence, 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. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.