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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of California

For Immediate Release

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney

Contact: Lauren Horwood

Fresno Felon Indicted on Firearms Charge

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Jacob Moya, 25, of Fresno, with felony possession of ammunition.

The indictment alleges that Moya is a felon, previously convicted for possession of a firearm with an altered or obliterated serial number. And as a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

When we deny convicted felons access to ammunition, we prevent imminent violent crime from occurring in our neighborhoods, stated ATF Special Agent in Charge Stephen C. Herkins. We will continue to work diligently with our law enforcement partners to keep prohibited persons from possessing firearms and ammunition.

If convicted, Moya faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. The actual sentence, however, will 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.

This case is the result of Project Safe Neighborhoods–a project designed to reduce illegal drugs and violent crimes with the particular focus of cracking down on gang activities. Project Safe Neighborhoods brings to bear a coordinated effort between local and federal law enforcement agencies including the Fresno Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Fresno District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Yasin Mohammad is prosecuting the case.

The charges are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.