DATE: March 27, 2017
CASE: Thomas Salaam (Case #15F06107)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Kristen Andersen, Career Criminal Prosecution Unit
The Honorable Steve White sentenced Thomas Salaam to 15 years in prison. On August 5, 2016, a jury convicted Salaam of being a felon in possession of a firearm and found that the crime was committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang. The jury also found true that Salaam has a prior serious felony or strike conviction.
In September of 2015, Salaam was involved in a gang fight which was captured on video. Several days later, Salaam was in a car with another validated gang member when rival gang members shot at their car. On October 1, 2015, Salaam was a passenger in vehicle that was pulled over by officers. When officers conducted a parole search of the vehicle, they located a loaded firearm underneath a sweatshirt in the backseat of the car. The firearm had a 26 round drum magazine attached to it with an additional loaded magazine placed next to it.
Salaam has a prior 2014 strike conviction for robbery while armed with a firearm.
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