Felon sentenced to 4 years for possessing firearm

Felon sentenced to 4 years for possessing firearm
U.S. DEPT. OF JUSTICE PRESS RELEASE-- Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Salomon Mejia Preciado, age 31, was sentenced to 47months imprisonment for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to a consecutive sentence of 9 months imprisonment for violating a condition of supervised release.

According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, in 2005, Preciado was sentenced to ten years imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance. He was subsequently released from prison and was required to serve a five year term of court supervision. Thereafter, on April 29, 2013, a Yakima police officer conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle Preciado was driving. The officer observed items in the vehicle which appeared to have been stolen. The officer obtained a search warrant for the vehicle. During the execution of the search warrant, the officer recovered several stolen items including a stolen Glock handgun. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives worked with the Yakima Police Department and determined that Preciado was prohibited from possessing firearms. An indictment was subsequently issued which charged him with being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Senior United States District Judge Wm. Fremming Nielsen sentenced Preciado to 47 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of court supervision following his release from Federal prison. Due to the possession of the firearm, the Defendant was also found to be in violation of supervised release and sentenced to a consecutive term of 9 months of imprisonment.

Michael C. Ormsby said, “Convicted felons who possess firearms present a significant danger to the public. Local and Federal law enforcement officers in the Eastern District of Washington are dedicated to work together to protect our communities from such offenders. This case is just one example of the cooperative and successful efforts by Federal law enforcement officers and the Yakima Police Department.”