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24 May – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – The United States Attorney…

24 May – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California announced that Ramon J. Sapp, 28, of San Francisco, was sentenced to 57 months in prison today by U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel. Additionally, Sapp was sentenced to a period of 5 years of supervised release, and ordered not to reside in San Francisco and to stay away from the Western Addition area of San Francisco, during that period. During the sentencing hearing today, the government presented evidence that Sapp was in possession of an aluminum shank on May 2, 2005, while in state prison. Sapp remains in custody of Alameda County authorities pending his trial in state court.

On January 14, 2005, a federal jury convicted Sapp for possessing a firearm after a previous felony conviction and for contempt of court charges. The contempt of court conviction was for willfully violating a court order that prohibited him from being present in the Northern District of California and for possessing a firearm or other dangerous weapon.

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 the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods utilizes federal statutes to prosecute firearms violations and reduce gun violence. This federal initiative is a collaboration between federal, state and local law enforcement to address gun violence. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California operates Project Safe Neighborhoods task forces throughout the District.

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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