FRESNO – On February 13, 2023, Patrick Feaster, 23, of Fresno, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Feaster was one of seven Fresno residents charged federally as a result of Operation No Fly Zone, a multi-agency investigation that sought to address a rise in the number of shootings and homicides in Fresno. According to court documents, on March 16, 2022, investigators learned that Feaster would be going to a residence in Fresno to pick up a firearm and an extended magazine. Shortly after Feaster left the residence, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on his car, but Feaster failed to yield. Feaster got out of the car with a bag, and fled on foot. After a chase, officers arrested Feaster and seized the bag from him. Inside the bag, officers found a semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine.
“Gun violence threatens our public safety and our quality of life. Investigating felons in possession of firearms is dangerous work and we thank our law enforcement officers who confront these suspects in order to keep us safe,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.
Feaster is scheduled to be sentenced on May 30, 2023 and faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Fresno Police Department; the Fresno-area Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC); the California Department of Justice; the California Highway Patrol; the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office; the Kings County Sheriff’s Office; the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; and the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office.