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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of California

For Immediate Release

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney

Contact: Laruen Horwood, Director of Community Relations
(916) 554-2706

Stockton Armed Career Criminal Indicted on Firearm Charge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that a federal grand jury returned a one–count indictment charging Marcus Pride, 34, of Stockton, with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The indictment alleges that on February 26, 2011, Pride possessed a firearm in Stockton after being convicted in 1995 of five felonies – four for armed robbery and one for armed carjacking.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Stockton Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun violence by networking existing local programs that target gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful, including heightened coordination among federal, state, and local law enforcement, with an emphasis on more aggressive prosecutions.

Because the indictment alleges that Pride is an armed career criminal under federal law, if convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison. 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.

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