Ari Liccardo was convicted for possessing and carrying a firearm as a felon.
San Francisco, CA – Today, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced that her office secured a conviction of Ari Liccardo (23) after trial by jury for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, which he brought to a memorial for victims of a recent shooting. The jury found Mr. Liccardo guilty on all charges. He was convicted of possessing a firearm as a felon (PC 29800 (a)(1)), carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle (PC 25400 (a)(1)), carrying a loaded firearm as a convicted person (PC 25850 (a)), and possessing a firearm as a prohibited person (PC 29815 (a)).
“The jury’s verdict holds Mr. Liccardo accountable and sends a message that San Franciscans will not tolerate violations of common-sense gun policy,” said District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. “Our gun policies are designed to keep us all safe and guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.”
On April 6, 2022, a peaceful memorial was held in Alice Chalmers Playground to honor the victims of a shooting in the area three days prior. At approximately 8PM, officers from the San Francisco Police Department, who were present at the memorial to keep peace, identified Mr. Liccardo as a probationer, approached him, and searched his person and car. As a convicted felon on probation, Mr. Liccardo was both precluded by law and under an express order from the Court not to possess a firearm. Officers located a fully functional firearm loaded with ten bullets in the glove compartment of Mr. Liccardo’s car, which he parked directly in front of the memorial. Mr. Liccardo’s fingerprint was later recovered from the firearm.
The case against Mr. Liccardo was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Josiah Bournes with assistance from paralegals and IT specialists. Prosecutors were able to develop a strong case against Mr. Liccardo based on the outstanding investigative work performed by the San Francisco Police Department’s Ingleside Officers and Crime Laboratory Unit.
“The defendant’s decision endangered everyone in the area of Alice Chalmers including people that were present to attend the memorial and people who were present at the public park and playground,” said Assistant District Attorney Josiah Bournes. “I appreciate the jury’s service and careful consideration of the evidence.”
Mr. Liccardo faces three years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for August 11, 2023.
Court Number: 22003372