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Bakersfield man sentenced for illegally possessing a firearm

Posted: 4:35 PM, Oct 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-29 23:35:11Z

25-year-old Ladaireus Jones of Bakersfield was sentenced today to more than four and a half years in prison and thee years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. 

According to court documents, Jones, a documented member of a Bakersfield criminal street gang known as the West Side Crips possessed a loaded, stolen .38 caliber revolver on October 25, 2017. The complaint filed in the case alleged that telephone calls intercepted pursuant to a court-authorized federal wiretap indicated that Jones and another individual possessed weapons located in a backpack at the scene of a car accident.

According to the Department of Justice, officers responded to the scene and seized two firearms from the backpack including the .38 caliber revolver. Jones later plead guilty to possessing that weapon.

According to the indictment, at the time he possessed the revolver, Jones had been convicted of two felonies in Kern County and prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.