Vincent Jones Agrees to 77 Month Prison Sentence and to Stay Out o…

Vincent Jones Agrees to 77 Month Prison Sentence and to Stay Out of Richmond

OAKLAND; SAN FRANCISCO – LAWFUEL – US Law News, Law Jobs – United States Attorney Kevin V. Ryan announced today that two felons pleaded guilty to being in possession of loaded firearms. The convictions of Vincent D. Jones, a/k/a/ “V.I.” and Steven Garrett are part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

U.S. Attorney Kevin V. Ryan stated, “These successful prosecutions exemplify our continuing effort to deter gun violence in our local communities. Felons who illegally possess guns and ammunition are a grave threat. We will continue to work closely with the ATF and our local police departments to take dangerous criminals off the street.”

Vincent Jones Guilty Plea in Oakland

Jones admitted to the charges that he knowingly possessed a Colt model M1991A1 .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, and that the pistol was loaded with 15 live rounds of ammunition. At the time of the offense, Jones was a felon and was forbidden to possess firearms and ammunition, having previously been convicted of an attempted carjacking, among other crimes.

Jones, age 21, was arrested October 1, 2005, in Richmond, after a traffic stop by Richmond Police. He was charged in February 2006 and had been scheduled for trial January 4, 2007. He will be sentenced on March 9, 2007, by United States District Court Judge D. Lowell Jensen, in Oakland. Jones will stay in federal custody until sentencing.

As part of his plea agreement entered on December 22, Jones agreed to a sentence of 77 months imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. Jones agreed that one of the terms of his supervised release is that he will stay out of Richmond, where he committed this crime. The Court will impose the sentence and is not required to accept the parties’ agreement.

Steven Garrett Guilty Plea in San Francisco

Garrett admitted to the charge that he knowingly possessed a 9 MM “Hi-Point” Model C semi-automatic pistol, loaded with 5 live rounds of ammunition. At the time of the offense, Garrett was a felon and was forbidden to possess firearms and ammunition, having previously been convicted of possession of cocaine base for sale, among other crimes.

Garrett, age 22, was arrested July 18, 2006, in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco, by San Francisco Police. He was charged in August 2006. Garrett will be sentenced on March 8, 2007, by United States District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White, in San Francisco. Garrett will stay in federal custody until sentencing.

As part of his plea agreement entered on December 21, Garrett agreed to serve a prison sentence of a length to be determined by the Court, followed by three years of supervised release. The Court will impose the sentence and is not required to accept the parties’ agreement.

James E. Keller, Assistant U.S. Attorney, is the lead prosecutor in the Jones case, with the help of Nathanael Cousins, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Karem Alvarez, Mae Chu, and Nai Saelee, legal assistants. The prosecution is the result of a fourteen-month investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Special Agent Katherine Castaneda, the Richmond Police Department, and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.

Nathanael Cousins, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, is the lead prosecutor in the Garrett case, with the assistance of Nai Saelee, legal assistant. The prosecution is the result of a five-month investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and the San Francisco Police Department.

Further Information:

Case #: U.S. v. Vincent Jones, CR 06-0116 (Oakland); U.S. v. Steven Garrett, CR 06-0566 (San Francisco).

A copy of this press release may be found on the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s website at www.usdoj.gov/usao/can.

Electronic court filings and further procedural and docket information are available at https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.

Judges’ calendars with schedules for upcoming court hearings can be viewed on the court’s website at www.cand.uscourts.gov.

All press inquiries to the U.S. Attorney’s Office should be directed to Luke Macaulay at (415) 436-6757 or by email at [email protected]

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