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Successful Prosecution Of Felon In Possession Of Firearm

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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While checking a pickup parked near a visitor center in Whiskeytown NRA one night during the summer of 2007, field trainee Charles Mayer and field training ranger Mike Fakier saw a man and women in the front seat who appeared to be sleeping. The vehicle did not have a required day use permit. Mayer spoke with the driver, Larry Riley, who said that he did not have any identification, then made furtive hand movements toward a fanny pack near his waist. Riley was asked to get out of the truck and was patted down for weapons. A marijuana pipe was immediately recognized in the center console area of the truck. Riley was detained and current park field training ranger Betsy Smith arrived to provide backup. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .357 magnum handgun and drug residue and paraphernalia on the driver's side floorboard. A dispatch records check revealed that Riley had a prior felony conviction for marijuana cultivation. He was arrested and transported to jail in Redding, California. NPS special agent Alan Foster, FBI special agent Michael Skeen and the US Attorney's Office in Sacramento assisted in the investigation, which culminated with the successful prosecution of Riley on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm (18 USC 922(g)). Riley was recently sentenced in federal court to five months incarceration followed by five months home confinement and three years supervised probation.


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