San Joaquin County Resident Indicted for Assault on a Federal Officer
SACRAMENTO, CA—A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment today against Andrew J. Watkins, 47, of Linden, charging him with assaulting a federal officer with a deadly or dangerous weapon, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, on February 27, 2012, Watkins used a semi-automatic pistol and assaulted a United States Fish and Wildlife special agent while the special agent was performing his official duties in San Joaquin County.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Assistant United States Attorney Richard J. Bender is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Watkins faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.