Three felons convicted of possession of firearms,
ammo, in the Bay Area
By Anna Molin, Bay City News Service
March 1, 2006
Three felons recently convicted of possessing firearms and ammunition
face up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines when sentenced
later this spring, U.S. Attorney Kevin V. Ryan announced Tuesday.
A federal jury on Tuesday found San Francisco resident Andre
Glaser, 26, guilty of knowingly possessing ammunition when he
fled from San Francisco Gang Task Force officers seeking to curb
gunfire on New Year's Eve in 2004.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Glaser tossed away a
loaded ammunition clip before he was caught and arrested.
Glaser is scheduled for sentencing June 6 before U.S. District
Judge William Alsup in San Francisco.
In a separate case Tuesday, Watsonville resident Armand John
Valle, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of ammunition
and agreed to forfeit the ammunition he possessed.
Valle was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 1996 and
acknowledged Tuesday that he was on probation when Watsonville
police officers on Sept. 1, 2005, found him in possession of one
round of 12 gauge shotgun ammunition and 14 rounds of .22 caliber
Police officers responding to a domestic battery complaint by
Valle's girlfriend arrested Valle, who was leaving the scene in
a car, after they spotted a shotgun in the vehicle. Police also
found ammunition in Valle's pockets, according to the U.S. Attorney's
Valle's sentencing is set for May 22 before U.S. District Court
Judge James Ware in San Jose.
On Monday, a third felon, John Franklin, 26, of San Francisco,
entered an open plea to one count of possession of a firearm.
In doing so, Franklin admitted that he held a loaded .22 caliber
handgun in his hands when San Francisco Police officers witnessed
him attempting a narcotics transaction in the Bayview neighborhood
of San Francisco on Aug. 2, 2005. When the officers tried to detain
Franklin, he ran and disposed of the handgun in front of a parked
pick-up truck, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Franklin was convicted in 2003 for inflicting corporal injury
upon a spouse or co-habitant, according to the U.S. Attorney's
His sentencing is slated for May 22 before U.S. District Judge
Marilyn Hall Patel in San Francisco.
In another unrelated case, a federal grand jury in Oakland on
Feb. 23 indicted Vincent Jones, 20, of Richmond, on a charge that
allege he knowingly and illegally possessed a Colt model .45 caliber
semi automatic pistol on Oct. 1, 2005, despite being a convicted
felon, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Jones remains in custody on a no bail warrant. No date has been
set for his appearance in federal court.
The prosecutions stem from increased local and federal efforts
under the federal Project Safe Neighborhoods program to reduce
firearm related violence by cracking down on people who carry
firearms and ammunition in violation of federal law, the U.S.
Attorney's Office reports.
"These prosecutions are an example of our continuing effort
to reduce gang-related violence by cracking down on convicted
felons who illegally possess firearms or ammunition," U.S.
Attorney Ryan said in a statement. "We will continue to work
closely with our partners at the ATF and local police departments
to take dangerous criminals off the streets."
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives contributed
to these prosecutions.
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