California Man Previously Convicted of Assault with a Firearm on a Person Indicted for Unlawfully Possessing a Firearm

Fresno, California - A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment Thursday against Steven Eric Cabrera, 25, of Fresno, charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Cabrera communicated over the social media platform Snap Chat to arrange the sale of a handgun at a local park. When he arrived, his car was stopped by law enforcement officers who searched the car and found a bag with a towel-wrapped handgun hidden inside. Cabrera cannot legally possess firearms because in 2017 he was convicted of assaulting a person with a firearm, a felony.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Fresno Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin J. Gilio is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Cabrera faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.