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Bay Area man gets federal prison in San Pablo ‘ghost gun’ possession case


OAKLAND — A Bay Area man was sentenced to three years in federal prison, related to a January 2020 arrest in San Pablo for possessing a loaded, unregistered pistol.

Daniel Andres Scallion-Martinez, 25, was arrested a year ago, shortly after his release from state prison in a 2016 shooting case that stemmed from a San Rafael gang conflict. He faced nearly five years in federal prison, both both prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to the three-year term. Scallion-Martinez pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of ammunition Monday morning, shortly before he was sentenced.

Before he was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam, Scallion-Martinez apologized in open court. He said he wanted to put his past mistakes behind him and “focus on the future.”

“I just want to say that I just need another chance to be a law-abiding citizen,” he said. I just want to be able to prove to my mom that I’m better, and try to work on myself…I’m tired of being the black sheep I want to be able to make my mom proud.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Lee, who prosecuted the case, said he agreed to a lesser sentence because of a key factor in Scallion-Martinez’s life: at age 12, his family sent him to live in Mexico, where he joined a Southern California-based gang, Lee said.

“At the age of 12 that’s not a decision he could make on his own,” Lee said, adding that it led to a lifetime of strife for Scallion-Martinez.

Before handing down the sentence, Gilliam said he was concerned by Scallion-Martinez’s history of weapons-related convictions, including the 2016 shooting case — which was motivated by a dispute over gang graffiti, authorities said at the time — and a conviction of possession a weapon in a correctional facility. But he said Scallion-Martinez appeared sincere in his desire to change.

“Wanting to change is one thing. The changing is real hard work,” Gilliam said. He later added, “I can’t snap my fingers and make it happen, but I’m encouraged that you’re willing to take it on and are ready to do it.”

Back in July, Scallion-Martinez’s attorney filed a failed motion arguing that San Pablo police violated his rights when they searched his car based on an anonymous suspicious circumstances report. Prosecutors wrote in their response that the officer could see the gun on the floor of the car.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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