District Attorney

Dave Stevenson

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District Attorney Vern Pierson announces the conviction of Matthew Daryl McPheeters of three felony counts of possession and under the influence of methamphetamine while armed with a firearm and six misdemeanors counts, including possessing a loaded firearm in a vehicle and possession of high capacity magazines.  

Yesterday, an El Dorado County jury convicted McPheeters after a three day trial by Deputy District Attorney Miles Perry concerning two separate incidents. In July 2015, the defendant was arrested in the Raley’s Shopping Center in El Dorado Hills for being under the influence of methamphetamine, and after searching his vehicle deputies found a loaded Kel-Tec SU-16 semi-automatic rifle along with three thirty round high capacity magazines.  In September 2015, the defendant was stopped again in his vehicle on Highway 50 near Shingle Springs for expired registration tags. The Defendant was again arrested for being under the influence of methamphetamine and during another search of his vehicle deputies discovered methamphetamine and a loaded Mossberg 500 12 gauge shotgun.  

District Attorney Vern Pierson commented, “This case is another unfortunate example of the increase in crime we have seen in El Dorado County related to Proposition 47, the 2015 ‘Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act’ which released thousands of criminals from prison and reduced many drug related felonies to misdemeanors. And, it is also a very good example of how crimes that appear very low level at first, like an expired registration tag, can often reveal very dangerous crimes related to possession of firearms by someone under the influence of methamphetamine.”     

The case is scheduled for further proceedings concerning sentencing before the Honorable Kenneth Melikian in Department 2 of the El Dorado County Superior Court on March 28, 2016.