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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of California

For Immediate Release

Friday, December 18, 2020
McGregor W. Scott
, United States Attorney
Contact: Lauren Horwood

Fresno Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Illegal Firearms Possession

FRESNO, Calif. —David Vann, 29, of Fresno, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd to nine years and two months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. 

According to court documents, Vann failed to yield to police officers during an attempted traffic stop. He then led officers on a vehicle chase, during which he failed to stop at a stop sign and stop light, and drove southbound in the northbound lane of traffic. After exiting the vehicle, Vann discarded a firearm in bushes in a residential area. Vann is a convicted felon prohibited from possessing a firearm. He was on post-release community supervision at the time of his arrest in this case.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Fresno Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Schuh prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime. To learn more about Project Safe Neighborhoods, go to

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see

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