Source: US State of California
FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment today against Jerald Esther Williams, 22, of Fresno, charging him with being a felon in possession of ammunition, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, on Aug. 14, Fresno Police Department officers saw a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed. They determined the vehicle was going in excess of 97 miles per hour. Williams was the sole occupant of the vehicle. During a search of the car, the officers found a loaded gun on the driver’s side floorboard near Williams’ left heel. The gun had eight rounds of 9 mm Luger ammunition in it. As a previously convicted felon, Williams is prohibited from possessing ammunition.
This case is the product of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the Fresno Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laurel J. Montoya is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Williams faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 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 was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.