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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of California
Phillip A. Talbert, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, September 1, 2022

High Speed Chase Results in Firearm Charge for Stockton Man

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment today against Rothel Leandre Satchell, 32, of Stockton, charging him with being a felon in possession of ammunition, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, on July 15, 2022, an Audi sedan made an illegal U-turn, sped off, and led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase through a residential neighborhood. The vehicle ultimately was unable to navigate a turn and crashed into a row of parked cars. The driver, later identified as Satchell, climbed out of the passenger side door and fled on foot. Once apprehended, officers located a privately manufactured firearm (commonly known as a “ghost gun”) on Satchell’s person and a high-capacity magazine containing 27 rounds in the vehicle. Satchell is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he was previously convicted of two felonies, including a 2021 conviction for being a felon in possession of ammunition.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Stockton Police Department, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alstyn Bennett is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Satchell faces a maximum statutory penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 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.

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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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