Eureka Man Sentenced on Federal Firearm Charges

Joshua Thomas Wentworth

Joshua Thomas Wentworth

Press release from the Northern District of California’s US Attorney’s Office:

Joshua Wentworth was sentenced to 77 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Charles R. Breyer, U.S. District Judge.

Wentworth, 31 of Eureka, pleaded guilty to the charge on October 16, 2019. According to the plea agreement, Wentworth admitted that on May 12, 2019, he possessed seven firearms, including two AR-15 assault rifles and one pistol with an attached Glock switch conversion device. According to documents filed by the government during sentencing, the conversion device made the pistol operate as a fully automatic firearm. In addition to the firearms, Wentworth admitted he possessed over 400 rounds of ammunition, some of which were loaded in various high-capacity magazines, including two 30-round magazines for the assault rifles and a 50-round drum magazine for a .40 caliber pistol. Wentworth also admitted that at the time he possessed the weapons and ammunition, he was a convicted felon and therefore was ineligible to possess the items.

A federal grand jury indicted Wentworth on August 20, 2019, charging him with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). Wentworth pleaded guilty to the charge.

At the sentencing hearing, Judge Breyer described the nature of the firearms found in the Wentworth’s possession as “scary.” In addition, the government’s sentencing memorandum highlighted text messages in which Wentworth discussed purchasing firearms, his efforts to locate a trailer with a large amount of cash in it, driving to San Francisco to find a “target,” and his need to borrow another person’s bullet proof vest.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Breyer sentenced the defendant to a 3-year period of supervised release and ordered him to pay a $100 special assessment. Wentworth is in federal custody and will begin serving his sentence immediately.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick O’Brien is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Morgan Byrne. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, and the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office.

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23 comments

  • Why only one count if the firearms were so scary ? Of and a 100. fine.This person is someone who needs the book thrown at hin. Oh wait , this is ca.

    • FEDERAL charges, baby…

    • Bigfoot with a Redwood swanging in the reign

      Hey Mountain man, If you dont like California… Just remember bro. You are a citizen of this state if you live her and receive mail here which means you are just as much California as anyone else in that aspect arent you?
      Just my opinion but give it some thought. I hope one day you can see how great this state is! I love California and will be here for rest of my life i reckon.

    • Lock'em up now..................

      RIGHT!!! It costs the California taxpayer $81,000 to house a criminal in a State Prison for one year. Oh Wait, That’s money taken from Education. More uneducated students to become criminals and eventually parents. Now that makes sense.

  • Eh? 77 months is over 6 years in prison.
    I’m not sure about the ‘3 years supervised release’… I assume that’s added on to the prison term.

    Felon in possession of firearms cases should all go the the Feds… they don’t mess with ’em.

    • You only die one time... You live everyday

      In federal prison he will do day for day, every day of those 77 months in Prison which, yes is over 6 years.
      If you dont catch extra charges in there and probably, which you probably will because war is common and gladiator school happens to everyone. You dont win them all, but get yours in.
      Anyways, upon release then he will face 3 years of probation in which will probably tap his phone and most his life. Be drug tested, searched and checked on all the time. They system loves the money the make off of you and dont want to lose that money coming in. Any little slip up ends you up in cuffs and everything is a probation violation. So the mass majority go back. And go back way more than once. So he has atleast a decade ahead of him on lockdown by the law. That sucks.
      The system isnt built in your favor… Its a busine$$.

  • OMG, he had a bone saw! He was ready for murder and disposal. Wow. I’m glad he is going away.

    • He’s already a murderer, just never left enough evidence to be charged. This dirtbag needs to stay in prison

      • Really? I didn’t hear that one.

        I went to grade school with him for a year or two, he seemed like an OK little kid. I wonder where he went wrong…

      • Let them stay with their parents

        Yup, good plan to have the California Taxpayer pay $486,000 for his six years. Time to override Prop 13 and have every property owner pay the assessed property taxes plus another $1000 so we can lock them up and throw away the keys. The extra $1000 is for building more prisons and hiring more prison guards. Don’t believe it. Google CA cost to house one prisoner.

    • Where does it say that? I must have missed that part.
      Honestly i didnt see anything about a bone saw

  • Nice Loleta neck tat! 🤣

  • I was just going to say the same thing . Another fine citizen of loleta.

  • He’s part of the ripoff tweaker crew that has been active all around the area in the last year. He’s tight with [edit] – they are two peas in a pod- meth head rippers who would trade their kids and wife for a greasy buck.
    They are probably safer in prison because there are lots of people who would handle things differently if they caught them in person.
    These type of wannabe gangsters are the worst types that humboldt has produced. The absolute epitome of green trash.

  • About time for the feds to help communities that are being over run with criminals.
    Ca law does nothing to criminals with gun charges. The feds do.

  • This is light considering his real history. When Dawson gets out the other half of this Duo will be loose. They are guilty of the highest crimes and many violent home invasion robberies, some resulting death. Humboldt s Most Dangerous, the police know this, probably why they brought in the feds.

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