Evonta Bailey, of San Francisco, was found with a loaded semi-automatic pistol at the June 29 Pride Parade, roughly three months after San Francisco police had arrested him for carrying a loaded pistol with a high-capacity magazine. At the time of the Pride Parade arrest, Bailey was out on bail and had missed a court date for his original gun possession case, records show.
Bailey was one of two people arrested for gun possession that day, according to published reports.
According to prosecutors, Bailey told police he needed the gun “for protection.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Lina Peng called that decision “alarming,” noting the large crowds and increased police presence in the area that day.
“At worst, this indicates that Mr. Bailey believed that there was a realistic possibility he would have to use the gun that day,” Peng wrote. “At best, this indicates that Mr. Bailey has associated himself with individuals or activity for which he believed a loaded gun was required for protection.”
Bailey’s attorney wrote in court records that the case was a “wake up call” for him, and that he wants to get out of prison so he can be with his young daughter. The defense sentencing memo includes a description of Bailey’s childhood as a “CPS kid,” and says that Bailey has had friends who were murdered with guns.
“Before he had hit his teenage years, (Bailey) was already ‘dodging bullets’ and other kids regularly assaulted him in his neighborhood,” assistant federal public defender Angela Chuang wrote. “By the time he reached adulthood, he had cycled through numerous different group homes after he was removed from his mother’s custody at the age of nine or 10. In the last few years alone, Mr. Bailey lost two of his best friends to incidents of gun violence.”
Bailey’s sentence requires him to submit DNA samples, which is common for felony convictions, and to serve three years on federal supervised release once he is out.