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Source: US State of California

OAKLAND – Victor Covian-Perez was sentenced to 36 months in prison today for being an alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Rayfield Roundtree.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, United States District Judge.

Covian-Perez, 23, of Oakland, pleaded guilty to the firearm charge on July 18, 2019.  According to his plea agreement, Covian-Perez admitted that on November 29, 2018, he possessed three firearms and numerous rounds of ammunition, including a semi-automatic Springfield Armory XD .45 caliber handgun and two Charter Arms .38 caliber revolvers.  At the time, Covian-Perez was unlawfully and illegally in the United States and not eligible to possess a firearm or ammunition.  Covian-Perez further admitted that the government could prove that he possessed and sold approximately fifteen additional firearms between June and November 2018 that he sold to persons whose possession of a firearm would be illegal.  At sentencing, Judge Gonzalez Rogers assessed an enhancement against Covian-Perez for trafficking firearms and another enhancement for possessing between eight and twenty-four firearms.

On July 16, 2019, Covian-Perez was charged by superseding indictment with being an alien in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(5).  Covian-Perez pleaded guilty to the charge. 

In addition to the prison term, Judge Gonzalez Rogers ordered Covian-Perez to serve a three-year term of supervised release to begin at the conclusion of his prison term.    

Assistant United States Attorney Thomas R. Green is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Jessica Rodriguez.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the ATF.