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Weapons charge case involves man from outside of California

One man is currently facing weapons charges in California. According to police, at the time of the man's weapons charge arrest, he was actually also attempting to avoid a criminal case involving child molestation in another state. He was placed in a jail with a bond of $2 million.

Authorities said he was on his way to a Pride parade when he was arrested. Police who confronted him reportedly found three assault rifles in his vehicle. They also said they discovered handcuffs, ammunition and explosives.

Police stated that a friend of a young girl, age 12, had previously reported the man in another state for having sex with her in May 2016. It was shortly after this occurred that the man spoke with an investigator, at the authorities' request, and then fled the state. After his California case has been resolved, the man will end up facing out-of-state child molestation charges as well.

As the weapons charge criminal case moves forward through the California criminal justice system, the man might have the chance to negotiate a plea deal in exchange for decreased charges and/or sentencing considerations that are more personally favorable compared with what may result should the prosecution secure a guilty verdict at trial. The decision to accept a plea deal, if one is offered, rests completely with him. The defendant retains the right to go to trial to defend himself against the allegations as well. Prosecutors at trial must prove his charges beyond a reasonable doubt, using relevant evidence, in order for the man to be convicted.

Source: wdrb.com, "Jeffersonville man arrested in California on weapons charges wanted in child molestation case back home", June 15, 2016

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