Vallejo Man Sentenced to over 3 Years in Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — William Michael Nitschke, 52, of Vallejo, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley to three years and 10 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. 

According to court documents, on Feb. 22, 2019, Nitschke was found to be in possession of a Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun. Nitschke has sustained multiple prior felony convictions and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Solano County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the FBI’s Solano County Violent Crimes Task Force and the Solano County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Adrian T. Kinsella prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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