Vallejo Man Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of Firearms

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. June 15 (News India) -Michael Ray Pitre Jr., 35, of Vallejo, pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of firearms, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, the execution of federal search warrants of Pitre’s person, residences, and vehicles led to the discovery of a machine gun without a serial number, a short barrel rifle, and a pistol. The machine gun, which was located in his truck, was loaded with a 60‑round extended magazine and was placed on top of a bag containing additional extended magazines and ammunition and two tracking devices. Pitre is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he has two prior state felony convictions, a 2008 conviction for robbery in Napa County, and a 2015 conviction for burglary in Contra Costa County.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Oakland Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrian T. Kinsella is prosecuting the case.

Pitre is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on Oct. 18. Pitre faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 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 being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, 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.

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