A felon who was caught with 6 kilograms of marijuana and a gun faces a three-year prison sentence after a San Mateo County jury convicted him of several crimes on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Federico Ochoa, 39, of Mountain View, was arrested after a burglar led police to a home on Weeks Street in East Palo Alto. Burglars had stolen 26 iPads from a Menlo Park school on Sept. 15, 2011, and one of the men was apprehended. The burglar confessed that he and an accomplice had traded a large number of the iPads for a pound of marijuana at the Weeks Street address.
Police went to the East Palo Alto home and found Ochoa as he emerged from a shed. Ochoa told officers that the shed was his, and he gave police permission to search. He told police there was marijuana and a gun inside. Officers found the 6 kilograms of marijuana and a loaded firearm, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
After deliberating for almost a full day, the jury found Ochoa guilty of felony possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of ammunition by a felon and felony possession of more than an ounce of marijuana. Jurors found him not guilty of possession of marijuana for sale.
Ochoa faces up to 3 years and 8 months in prison, according to the District Attorney's office. He had been out of custody on a $20,000 bail bond, but was taken into custody after the conviction. He will be sentenced on Oct. 24.