A self-admitted Fresno Bulldog gang member was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison by the U.S District Court on Monday for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Michael Aguilar, 28, became the subject of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well as the Fresno Police Department for his involvement in a traffic stop with a deadly firearm in his car this past spring.
Back on March 31, 2011, Aguilar was driving an SUV with tinted windows and was blocking an alley at the northwest corner of Silmar and Hedges Avenues, which is located south of the Fresno Yosemite International Airport in Central Fresno.
The court documents detailed what they discovered in Aguilar’s vehicle.
“When officers initiated a traffic stop, they found a sawed-off, double barrel Wards Hercules shotgun with three shotgun shells,” the documents said.
Aguilar’s past and previous criminal history was also unveiled in the documents. He had prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance, attempted grand theft from a person, and for street terrorism. He is also a self-admitted member of the McKenzie Street Bulldogs and has been in that criminal street gang since the age of 14.
U.S Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner also made this statement regarding the case:
“This case was prosecuted federally as a result of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative in the City of Fresno, in which federal, state and local law enforcement agencies team up with community organizations to assist gang members in choosing alternatives to violence,” Wagner said. “Those members who persist in violent behavior risk federal prosecution, including lengthy sentences.”
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