Fernley felon allegedly busted with 26 guns he wasn't allowed to have
A Sacramento federal grand jury indicted a Fernley man Thursday for allegedly having several loaded guns while being a felon.
Darrel Higginbotham, 53, of Fernley allegedly had 26 firearms, including three AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, after being convicted of felonies and of domestic violence, both of which prohibit him from having guns, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento said.
Higginbotham is in a California prison in Tracy, Calif. The incident began Feb. 28 in Olivehurst, Calif., about halfway between Sacramento and Chico. Yuba County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of a prowler trying to enter a home and found Higginbotham in the area.
Deputies found a .45-caliber handgun in his jacket that was cocked with one round in the chamber and seven in the magazine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Deputies found 10 more guns in his truck and all were either loaded or had magazines near by. The next day deputies found 15 more guns at his storage unit and most were loaded, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
He faces up to 10 years in prison on each count. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods campaign coordinating law enforcement at all neighborhood levels.