OAKLAND –Cardelle Divon Peter was sentenced to 80 months in prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition after having been previously convicted of a felony, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett. The sentence was handed down today by the Honorable Jeffrey S. White, United States District Judge.
Peter, 23, of Pittsburg, Calif., pleaded guilty to the charge on January 8, 2019. According to his plea agreement, on January 6, 2018, Peter, a convicted felon, possessed a Smith and Wesson .223 caliber AR-15 style semi-automatic assault rifle with a 30-round high capacity magazine. The rifle was loaded with approximately seven rounds of ammunition. Peter also possessed a box containing an additional 62 rounds of ammunition for a separate firearm. According to court documents, law enforcement officers arrested Peter after someone placed a call to 911 and told the dispatcher that a person was threatening the occupants of a house with a rifle.
On September 13, 2018, a federal grand jury indicted Peter charging him with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). Peter pleaded guilty to the charge.
In addition to the prison term, Judge White ordered Peter to serve a three-year term of supervised release to begin at the conclusion of his prison term. Peter has been in custody since his arrest and will begin serving his prison term immediately.
Special Assistant United States Attorney Samantha Schott is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Jessica Rodriguez Gonzalez. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Richmond Police Department.