SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lawrence Guerain Fleming, 38, of Sacramento, was sentenced today to three years and one month in prison for two counts of being a felon in possession of ammunition, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, on Feb. 1, 2020, Fleming lost control of his motorcycle and crashed on Highway 50 in Sacramento County. A witness stopped to help Fleming, who asked the witness to conceal a gun without a serial number (sometimes called a “ghost gun”) loaded with eight rounds of ammunition behind a guardrail on the freeway. When officers arrived, the witness told them about the firearm. A warrant was issued for Fleming’s arrest, and on March 17, 2021, Fleming was arrested. At the time of his arrest, Fleming possessed a ghost gun that was loaded with a high-capacity magazine containing 14 rounds.
Fleming cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition because he has a prior federal felony conviction for assaulting a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier with a firearm.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the California Highway Patrol, the Fairfield Police Department, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, and the FBI’s Solano County Violent Crimes Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alstyn Bennett and Adrian T. Kinsella prosecuted the case.
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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.