A former Rialto police officer-turned-attorney who lives in Corona is expected to be sentenced Thursday for illegally possessing multiple unregistered weapons, including a short-barreled rifle, two silencers and a hand grenade.
Sergio Lopez de Tirado, 44, pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court in April to possession of an unregistered firearm and destructive device.
Prosecutors have recommended that U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin sentence Lopez de Tirado to 46 months behind bars.
Officers found the defendant asleep and apparently intoxicated in the passenger seat of a parked pickup truck — with its doors wide open — blocking a driveway in Norco. During their search of the truck on Dec. 21, 2018, authorities found a short-barreled 9-millimeter rifle, two silencers and a hand grenade in a holster under the defendant’s arm, prosecutors said.
Other items, such as high-capacity magazines, ammunition and brass knuckles, were also found in the truck. According to documents filed in Los Angeles federal court, the firearms in the vehicle — including the short-barreled rifle and an AR-type rifle with a silencer — were loaded when recovered by authorities.
Lopez de Tirado admitted in his plea agreement that he had not registered the rifle, the silencers or the hand grenade with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.