Fresno, California - Devone Johnson, 32, of Fresno, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd to three years in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. Co-defendant Anthony Thomas, 26, also of Fresno, was sentenced last week to two years and nine months in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, on October 9, 2016, Johnson and Thomas possessed an Uzi Model A, 9 mm rifle. On October 30, 2016, Johnson told an associate he had a .45-caliber handgun for sale. When he was arrested at a Fresno residence on November 3, 2016, Johnson was found with three additional firearms and ammunition, including a shotgun and two handguns. Both Thomas and Johnson were prohibited from possessing firearms because of their prior felony convictions.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Fresno Police Department, MAGEC, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, the California Department of Justice, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Special Operations Unit (SOU). The CHP SOU is a collaborative investigative effort between the California Department of Justice and the CHP that provides statewide enforcement for combating violent career criminals, gangs, and organized crime groups, along with intrastate drug traffickers. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, the Clovis Police Department, and Fresno County Probation also assisted in the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly A. Sanchez and Christopher D. Baker prosecuted the case.
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