United States of America v. Jose Alcaraz Guerrero, a.k.a. “Kruz”
Case Number: 2:22-cr-00299
Judge: Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha
Court: United States District Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles
Description: Los Angeles, California criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Jose Alcaraz Guerrero, 34, a.k.a. “Kruz,” of Ventura, was sentenced by United States District Judge Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha.
Guerrero pleaded guilty on March 24 to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Guerrero admitted in court that he illegally possessed a firearm and ammunition at Moranda Park in Port Hueneme in May 2020 and that he illegally possessed another firearm during the following month.
Guerrero was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition because of his 2011 conviction in Ventura County Superior Court of voluntary manslaughter. Guerrero served nine years in California state prison for this conviction before being paroled in early 2020.
Guerrero’s reason for possessing a loaded firearm at a public park was “to shoot at rival gang members, notwithstanding the presence of innocent civilians who would be caught in the crossfire,” prosecutors argued in a sentencing memorandum. Some of the bystanders in the park included children.
Guerrero has been in federal custody since July 2022.
The FBI investigated this matter, with substantial assistance from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the Port Hueneme Police Department, and the Oxnard Police Department.
Assistant United States Attorney Kathy Yu of the Violent and Organized Crime Section prosecuted this case.
18:922(g)(1): Felon in Possession of Firearms and Ammunition
Outcome: Counts 1 and 4: BOP 60 Months on each count, term to be served concurrently. Supervised Release 3 years on each count term to be served concurrently.Pay Special Assessment 200.00 . All fines waived.