Felon convicted, sentenced for having ammo

David Gutierrez, Jr.

By Larry Judkins

Glenn County Observer

On Dec. 15, 2021, David Gutierrez, Jr., of Orland, was found guilty of possession of drugs in a jail, and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person (both felonies).

On Jan. 14 of this year, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail, drug court, and two years’ probation. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Michael Coffey, with assistance from Glenn County Sheriff’s Deputies Thompson, Cordova, and Vargas.

In April of last year, The Glenn County Observer reported:

“Not too long after sunrise on Friday, April 2, a man called for law enforcement assistance.

“He said he encountered a trespasser on his property, and when he told the man to leave, the man pulled a gun on him.

“The property owner took off, and so did the trespasser.

“However, the alleged trespasser’s car (or one similar to it, which would be remarkable in itself) was spotted by an Orland police officer in the 700 block of Tehama Street.

“The officer made a felony stop (a stop made at gunpoint) and the driver was detained.

David Gutierrez, Jr., is led from a patrol vehicle for a drive-by identification. Glenn County Observer photo by Larry Judkins.

“He was identified as David Gutierrez. Whether or not he was the same individual who exhibited the firearm, Gutierrez is a parolee and officers began searching him and his vehicle.

“Besides the contents of the vehicle, the car itself was interesting to behold. The car was missing its hood and at least two of its wheels were held on by three wrench sockets rather than five lug nuts.

“Gutierrez was sitting in the back of a patrol unit when The Glenn County Observer arrived. However, he was brought out when officers were told that the property owner would be brought by in another patrol unit to possibly confirm that Gutierrez was indeed the man who threatened him with a gun.

“When the nearly shirtless Gutierrez exited the patrol vehicle, Sgt. Greg Felton of the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office asked him why he was sweating so much. Gutierrez claimed it was because it was very hot in the patrol unit.

“As Gutierrez leaned with his back against his own car, in handcuffs and facing the street, a sheriff’s unit slowly drove by. It is presently unknown whether Gutierrez was identified as the man with the firearm.

“Nevertheless, although no gun was found in Gutierrez’s possession at the time, ammunition was allegedly found, and that is also a felony for a parolee. Gutierrez was placed under arrest.”

At 8:46 a.m. on Friday, April 2, Gutierrez was booked into the Glenn County Jail on charges alleging possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, smuggling a controlled substance into a prison, and violation of probation (all felonies). His bail was set at $30,000.

The car driven just weeks earlier by David Gutierrez, Jr., burns in a parking lot off East Walker Street. Glenn County Observer by Larry Judkins.

On Saturday, April 24, Orland firefighters were dispatched to a report of a fully involved vehicle fire at 67 East Walker Street, the address for Metro T-Mobile. The Honda was actually parked in the westernmost parking spaces for the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) employees in the Glenn Success Square, 125-127 East Walker Street.

The car was a total loss. It was the same vehicle Gutierrez was driving when he was arrested on April 2.


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