FRESNO — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said that Mario Guasan-Caserin, 20, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm.
Thd case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the California Highway Patrol. Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly Sanchez is prosecuting the case.
According to court documents, on June 27, Guasan-Caserin was a passenger in a car stopped by CHP officers for a rear taillight that was not functioning. Guasan-Caserin had in his possession a loaded .380-caliber Hi-Point pistol along with three .380 bullets, three blue bandanas, and a pair of sunglasses, all in a backpack. He admitted that the gun was his. The pistol’s serial number had been obliterated. Guasan-Caserin was an illegal alien unlawfully present in the United States, according to a news release.
Guasan-Caserin is scheduled to be sentenced before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill on Jan. 17, 2012. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.