United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas

12/01/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/01/2021 16:09

Universal City Man Sentenced for Felon in Possession Charge

SAN ANTONIO - Yesterday, a Universal City man was sentenced to five years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, in April 2020, the Bexar County Fire Marshal's Office (BCFMO) issued a "Be on the Lookout" alert for Joshua Conan Faleide, 43, who had two explosives-related warrants for his arrest. BCFMO and Universal City Police Department arrested Faleide at his Universal City hotel room, where he had three loaded firearms, including a loaded SKS rifle, which had been mounted on a bipod near the entryway of the room. Faleide had previously been convicted of felony Assault on a Public Servant in Bexar County.

On July 29, 2021, Faleide pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession.

"Faleide's conviction and sentencing highlight our continuing efforts to prosecute violent actors who illegally carry firearms and endanger our community," said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff.

"This defendant has proven that he has the propensity for violence on multiple dangerous levels," said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski. "This sentence shows that removing convicted felons who possess firearms and those who wish to endanger our communities is the top priority for ATF and our law enforcement partners."

The ATF and the Bexar County Fire Marshal's Office investigated this case. The Universal City Police Department assisted with the arrest.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William Calve prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice's violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.