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Chico man sentenced to prison for illegal possession of ammunition

A Chico man was sentenced to three years in prison for being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition.

Posted: Aug 26, 2021 9:22 PM
Updated: Aug 26, 2021 9:27 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - On Wednesday, a Chico man was sentenced to three years and one month in prison for being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert.

Alfred David Villasenor, 38, of Chico, was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine.

According to court documents, on Nov. 20, 2019, law enforcement officers conducted a welfare check at Villasenor’s residence. They located Villasenor hiding underneath a blanket on the floor of the master bedroom with a shouldered, loaded non-serialized AR-15 rifle on a bipod.

Villasenor had been pointing this rifle at the door officers had used to enter the room, Talbert said.

Officers seized approximately 900 rounds of ammunition of various sizes and additional firearms from the home. At that time, Villasenor was subject to a domestic violence restraining order that prohibited him from possessing firearms or ammunition, Talbert said.

“Villasenor aimed a loaded, chambered weapon at police officers who were responding to his house to conduct a welfare check for his own safety and that of his family,” Talbert said. “Villasenor violated a domestic violence temporary restraining order by acquiring dangerous firearms and ammunition. Today’s sentence reflects the seriousness of his offense and will hopefully deter him from acquiring firearms or ammunition again.”

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Chico Police Department, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Butte County District Attorney’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys James R. Conolly and Adrian T. Kinsella prosecuted the case.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program.

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