A man accused of shooting a gun into his neighbor’s backyard in Santa Monica was sentenced Tuesday to 57 months behind bars for being a felon in possession of ammunition.
Jason Scott Walsh, 33, pleaded guilty in August to a single federal count.
Throughout the night of Jan. 9, Walsh’s neighbor heard popping sounds while having a gathering in his backyard with eight guests, including children, then noticed a hole had been shot through his garage, court papers show.
Santa Monica Police Department officers responded and discovered a bullet on the garage floor. While on the scene, officers also heard what sounded like suppressed gunfire coming from Walsh’s residence.
Police obtained and executed a search warrant at Walsh’s residence, where they seized a loaded, short-barreled, AR-type rifle bearing no serial number; two loaded, semi-automatic Polymer80 9mm caliber firearms bearing no serial numbers, one with an attached silencer; additional suspected silencers; firearm magazines; an ammunition reloading device; and 367 rounds of ammunition and 58 9mm caliber cartridge casings.
Walsh was previously convicted of a felony charge for making terrorist threats in April 2014. As a result, he is not allowed to possess firearms or ammunition.