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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Benjamin B. Wagner
, United States Attorney
Contact: Lauren Horwood

Stockton Man Sentenced to Over 7 Years in Prison on Federal Firearm Charges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Austin Reed, 42, of Stockton, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to seven years and eight months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, on November 16, 2012, officers attempted to make contact with Reed in Stockton. Reed ran from the officers and while in flight, threw an assault-style firearm from his person. The officers recovered the firearm, a 9mm pistol, with 25 live rounds in an extended magazine.

“This sentencing demonstrates ATF’s efforts in pursuing convicted felons and seizing firearms, and ultimately preventing impending violent acts from occurring in our neighborhoods,” stated Joseph M. Riehl Special Agent in Charge. “ATF and our partners will not surrender to those who are a threat to our communities and cannot lawfully possess a firearm.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives, the Stockton Police Department, and the San Joaquin District Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Olusere Olowoyeye prosecuted the case.

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