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Bakersfield, CA gang member charged on firearm offense
FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) – A Bakersfield, California gang member was indicted on Thursday with being a felon in possession of a firearm, prosecutors said.
William Roger Hall, 25, was a member of the Bakersfield Eastside Crips street gang. The Eastside Crips is one of the oldest gangs in Los Angeles area. They have a strong and violent rivalry with the Bloods gang.
On April 29, Hall was seen by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in what appeared to be a drug transaction. The ICE agents were conducting a gang enforcement operation in Bakersfield at the moment. Hall fled as the officers approached him and attempted to speak with him.
ICE agents ran after him and one agent saw Hall discarding a gun. After securing Hall, the law enforcement agents retrieved the gun. Hall was in possession of a .38 caliber revolver. He has a prior conviction for possession and sale of marijuana in 2004.
“This case should leave no doubt about our collective resolve to attack and dismantle the street gangs that are terrorizing our neighborhoods. ICE is committed to using every tool at its disposal to combat gang-related crime and violence here and in communities across the country,” an ICE agent declared.
Hall faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison (120 months) and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentenced will be determined at the discretion of the court after further consideration.
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