U.S. District Court

‘Guns and gangs’ felon, found with firearms again, back in court

A felon with a lengthy track record of illegal gun ownership and gang membership in San Francisco has been found again with multiple firearms.

Shadon Caprice Mitchell appeared in federal court today facing charges stemming from a November 2, 2022 search of his home which uncovered a Ruger revolver, a Glock 21 pistol, a Phoenix Arms HP22A pistol, and a .223 caliber ‘ghost gun’. His DNA was found on one of the weapons.

Prosecutors say that the defendant violated the terms of his supervised release.

At a status hearing this afternoon federal public defender Candis Mitchell told U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria that she expected the case would “resolve and not go to trial” – suggesting that her client would ultimately plead guilty.

The judge authorized the appointment of a private attorney to give the defendant a second opinion on a proposed plea agreement.

In 2016 Mitchell was sentenced to 33 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was arrested just after midnight in Fisherman’s Wharf on New Year’s Day 2016 with a Glock 27 handgun.

Police were concerned that there had been a shooting incident in the area only hours earlier and, knowing that Mitchell had an active parole search condition, and that he was associated with a gang, stopped and searched him.

Prosecutors had previously told the court that the defendant also had a 2014 conviction for assault with a firearm, having apparently shot multiple times at an occupied automobile. He also faced ‘infliction of corporal injury’ allegations in 2015.

Mitchell was arrested in July 2011 after an 11-year-old girl was hit in the chest by a stray bullet in the Western Addition neighborhood. Mitchell, then 20 years old,  and another person were held by police but prosecutors declined to charge them, saying there was insufficient evidence to do so. The girl survived.

“The defendant’s extensive pattern of additional contacts with law enforcement […] tend to reflect an individual who is not learning from his past mistakes.” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Faerstein of the defendant in 2016.

Mitchell will return to court on July 5 at 1:00pm to either change his plea or have a trial date set.

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