U.S. Department of Justice Recognizes U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California for Its Work with Project Safe Neighborhoods

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U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott presents PSN Award to Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams

Solano County District Attorney’s Office and Krishna A. Abrams, District Attorney Receive the Outstanding Local Prosecutor’s Office Award
SACRAMENTO : The Department of Justice recognized the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, located in the Eastern District of California, for being an Outstanding Local Prosecutor’s Office in support of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Initiative and its work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“Throughout 2018 and 2019, the Solano County District Attorney’s Office demonstrated outstanding professionalism, support for U.S. Attorney’s Office initiatives, and ongoing cooperation with federal and state law enforcement partners to promote greater public safety.” U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott said. “The Solano County District Attorney’s Office has demonstrated the exemplary initiative and collaboration needed to make PSN successful in keeping our communities safe, meeting bi-weekly with our office to discuss potential cases for federal prosecution.”
“This award exemplifies the true partnership between our office and the Office of the United States Attorney, Eastern District of California,” said District Attorney Abrams. “Project Safe Neighborhoods has truly been a success under U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott’s leadership. We jointly share an unwavering commitment to getting illegal guns off the street and keeping our community safe, and I am honored to be working in collaboration with the U.S. Attorney’s Office regarding this effort.”
The Solano County District Attorney’s Office was recognized for the outstanding work in support of the PSN program. Since the start of the PSN program in Solano County in July 2018, the Solano County District Attorney’s Office has presented more than 400 cases for potential federal adoption, with 46 cases selected for federal prosecution targeting some of the most violent and recidivist criminals in Solano County. They facilitated a meeting to connect AUSAs with over 30 local gang investigators, improving collaboration and coordination between federal, state, and local investigating agencies, and overall intelligence sharing.
In October and November 2018 a multi-agency effort spearheaded by the Solano County District Attorney’s Office to identify the highest-risk offenders on probation, parole, and Post-Release Community Supervision located dozens of fugitives in Solano County in advance of Operation Triple Beam, a December 2018 exercise by the U.S. Marshals Service.
The Solano County District Attorney’s Office worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to facilitate federal adoption of cases that originated with state charges. These cases included: (1) a March 2018 attempted homicide, in which two co-conspirators pipe bombed a residential home with a family of five inside [United States v. Capenhurst, et al., 2:18-cr-055-KJM]; (2) a series of five convenience store robberies, during which the lead defendant brandished a firearm and threatened the counter clerks at gunpoint [United States v. Young, et al., 2:18-cr-142-JAM]; and (3) five additional felon-in-possession of a firearm cases, including one defendant who was sentenced as an armed career criminal.
Given its position at the southwest boundary of the Eastern District of California, numerous cases originating in, or with ties to, Solano County, overlap with criminal conduct that could also be charged in surrounding counties (Napa, Contra Costa, Alameda, and/or Sacramento) or in the Northern District of California. In at least two significant cases, the Solano County District Attorney’s Office agreed to dismiss local charges in lieu of federal prosecution in cases with multijurisdictional criminality. These included: (1) the five Hobbs Act robberies charged in United States v. Young, et al., 2:18-cr-142-JAM, which spanned from Alameda County, to Solano County, to Sacramento County; and (2) a high-volume drug-trafficking case stretching from Alameda County to Solano County, in which detectives seized over 4 pounds of powder cocaine and over 3.5 pounds of cocaine base (crack cocaine) from the defendant’s home in Vallejo [United States v. McCutcheon, 2:18-cr-218-TLN]. The defendant in that case will be sentenced as a career offender.
The examples above are representative of the exemplary work the Solano County District Attorney’s Office has performed as part of PSN to decrease violent crime throughout Solano County and Northern California.
Revitalized in 2017, PSN is a critical piece of the Department’s crime reduction efforts. PSN has focused on prosecuting those individuals who most significantly drive violence in our communities, and supports and fosters partnerships between law enforcement and schools, the faith community, and local community leaders to prevent and deter future criminal conduct.

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