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Oakland man sentenced to prison on gun possession charges

OAKLAND — A United States District Court judge has sentenced a man to almost 3½ years in prison on firearm and ammunition possession charges, a U.S. Justice Department spokesperson said Monday.

In a plea agreement, Mekivil Franklin, 49, admitted that he was not allowed to own guns or ammunition because of prior felony convictions when police officers tried to stop him Aug. 2, 2018, during an early-morning drive in Oakland.

Franklin drove away from officers, leading a chase that topped 90 mph along Interstate 880 before he crashed into a police patrol vehicle near 9th Avenue and East 12th Street. He suffered serious injuries. Two Oakland police officers escaped with minor injuries. A search of Franklin’s vehicle yielded a loaded Ruger pistol.

After a federal grand jury indicted Franklin on Sept. 18, 2018, on a single charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, he pleaded guilty Oct. 11, 2019. On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. sentenced Franklin to 41 months in jail, followed by a three-year supervised-release term.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Kopczynski prosecuted the case, which resulted from an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Oakland police, with help from Helen Yee and Adrienne DelaPena.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

Source: East Bay Oakland man sentenced to prison on gun possession charges

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