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17 January 2004 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – The United States A…

17 January 2004 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – The United States Attorney’s
Office for the Northern District of California
announced that Ramon J. Sapp, of San Francisco, was convicted by a federal jury
today of being a felon in possession of a firearm and contempt of court charges.
The guilty verdict followed a jury trial before U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn
Hall Patel.

Sapp, 27, was indicted on these charges by a federal grand jury on May 4, 2004.
The jury convicted Sapp for possessing a firearm after a previous felony
conviction. Sapp waived his right to a jury on a second count in the indictment,
which charged contempt of court for willfully violating a court order made on June
2, 2003. That order prohibited him from being present in the Northern District of
California, possessing a firearm or other dangerous weapon, and using any
controlled substance without a legal prescription. Judge Patel found Sapp guilty
on the contempt of court charge.

Sapp is currently facing state charges in Alameda County for the attempted murder
of two San Francisco police officers in Oakland in February 2002.

Sapp was charged through Operation Ceasefire, a precursor to the Project Safe
Neighborhoods initiative, which has aimed to reduce gun violence through the
cooperation of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

The maximum statutory penalty for the charge of being a felon in possession of a
firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) is 10 years in prison, a fine of
$250,000, and three years supervised release. The maximum statutory penalty for
the charge of contempt of court, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 401(3) is life
imprisonment. However, the actual sentence will be based on guidance provided by
the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of factors, and
will be imposed at the discretion of the Court.

The sentencing of Sapp is scheduled for April 4th before Judge Patel in San Francisco.

The conviction is the result of an investigation by agents of the ATF and the San
Francisco Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys George Bevan and Andrew
Scoble prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release and related court filings may be found on the U.S.
Attorney’s Office’s website at www.usdoj.gov/usao/can
. Related court documents and information may be
found on the District Court website at www.cand.uscourts.gov
or on
.

All press inquiries to the U.S. Attorney’s Office should be directed to Luke
Macaulay at (415) 436-6757 or by email at Luke.Macaulay3@usdoj.gov
.

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