LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office secured a 480 day jail sentence against a man previously convicted of domestic violence for carrying a loaded gun in a backpack. The defendant, who has been arrested five times on allegations of domestic violence in the past decade, was prohibited from owning a firearm after a recent domestic violence conviction.
“Domestic abuse and firearms is a lethal combination,” said Feuer. “We will continue aggressively prosecuting individuals prohibited from possessing guns, and focus on keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.”
Moises Fonseca, 31, pled no contest to one count of carrying a concealed firearm, one count of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited due to conviction and one count of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited by a court order. Defendant Fonseca was also found in violation of active probation on a 2014 battery conviction and a 2016 conviction for domestic violence.
The court sentenced Fonseca to 36 months of probation, and 300 days in jail as well as search and seizure conditions. The probation violations in the two prior cases also carried an additional sentence of 90 days in jail each. The weapon seized by officers was also ordered destroyed.
On March 14, LAPD Newton Division Gang Enforcement Detail observed the defendant and four other associates allegedly engaged in activity that appeared like the sale of narcotics next to a pickup truck in the red zone at the intersection of 51st Street and Compton Avenue in South Los Angeles. When officers approached to conduct a probation compliance check on the defendant, he attempted to move his backpack. During the search, officers found a loaded .40 caliber handgun concealed in a backpack and the defendant was placed under arrest.
Earlier this month, Feuer and members of the national coalition Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV), stood in Manhattan with lawmakers from diverse states to support pending bills to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. PAGV previously joined with the Coalition for Risk-Based Firearms Policy to produce a template for how changes in state statutes and law enforcement protocols could save lives across the nation by removing abusers’ firearms at an early stage.
Feuer’s office has taken aggressive action to enforce strong laws already on the books and work with community partners to inform the public about how to use these laws to protect themselves and their families. These enhanced protocols are the result of teamwork between the Los Angeles Police Department and Feuer’s office to ensure that every safeguard is afforded to victims of domestic violence.
Deputy City Attorney Gio Bartoletti of the City Attorney’s Gun Violence Prevention Section successfully prosecuted the case.