LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office successfully obtained a conviction and jail sentence against a father for leaving a semi-automatic firearm and multiple large capacity magazines unsecured in his Studio City apartment while his 12-year old son was visiting.
“Thousands of children are injured or killed by firearms each year, often because unsecured weapons fall into the wrong hands,” said Feuer. “Safely storing firearms saves lives, and my office will hold adults accountable when they fail to secure their guns properly.”
Following a 14 day jury trial, Calvin Devereaux, 50, was found guilty on four criminal counts including criminal storage of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, possession of an extra capacity magazine, and import of an extra capacity magazine in the State.
The defendant was sentenced on February 24, 2017 to three years of probation, 120 days in the county jail, and was ordered to complete 52 Alcoholics Anonymous Classes, 52 parenting classes, and six months of psychological counselling. A protective order was also issued for the defendants’ ex-wife and son.
On July 5, 2016 LAPD officers responded to the defendant’s Studio City apartment after receiving a call from the defendant’s ex-wife relating to her concern about their son and multiple firearms in the house after receiving disturbing text messages. Responding officers observed the defendant with observable signs of alcohol intoxication. During their search of the home, officers observed an unsecured and loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic firearm in the nightstand draw of the master bedroom. Multiple large capacity magazines were also found along with the firearm.
The defendant was subsequently taken into custody and the child was returned to his mother in Seattle. All weapons, magazine and ammunition found in the home were confiscated.
Deputy City Attorney Margie Barron successfully prosecuted the case.