California attorney faces prison in illegal weapons case

April 17, 2019 GMT

CORONA, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former police officer who’s now an attorney has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing multiple unregistered weapons, including a short-barreled rifle and a hand grenade.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said Tuesday that Sergio Lopez de Tirado faces up to a decade in prison when he’s sentenced September 26th. The 43-year-old Corona resident is currently in custody without bond.

Court papers show authorities found Lopez de Tirado asleep and apparently intoxicated in the passenger seat of a parked pickup truck last December. In a search of the vehicle, officers discovered a short-barreled 9-millimeter rifle, two silencers and a hand grenade in a holster under the defendant’s arm. High-capacity magazines, ammunition and brass knuckles were also found.


Lopez de Tirado is a former Rialto police officer.