‘That is one of the most thoughtful statements I’ve heard’: Federal judge grants low-end sentence in gun case against SF man who faked child abduction

SAN FRANCISCO — After listening to an apology and pledge to do
better from a city resident who admitted to unlawful gun possession
Tuesday, a federal judge sentenced the man to 33 months in federal
prison, the sentence recommended by the defense.

The defendant, Edrick McCroey, 28, is known for a March 2019
incident when he falsely reported his daughter had been abducted
after his car was stolen. But in this case, McCroey was facing gun
possession charges related to an incident when prosecutors say he
fired a shot into the ground during a daytime incident in San
Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.

Before deciding whether to impose the defense-requested
sentence, or grant prosecutors’ request for a 44-month term, U.S.
District Judge William Orrick heard from McCroey, who said he spent
his time in jail asking himself “why I made bad decisions that
ruin my life.”

“I’m learning as I go and realizing this is not the life I
want to lead. I’m realizing how smart I am and how much I want to
go back to my daughter,” McCroey said, adding that at the time of
his offense he was drinking and using drugs. He added that,
“Being sober and a clear mind has allowed me to re-evaluate my
life. Three to four years is a long time to be away from my child
and I beg you your honor to be able to raise my child right.”

McCroey said he accepted full responsibility for what
happened.

“You don’t just wake up and become a felon…it takes years
of habitually neglecting the consequences to high risk action,”
he said.

When McCroey finished speaking, Orrick said it was, “That is
one of the most thoughtful statements I’ve heard since I’ve
been on the bench.”

“You have the capability of doing something really good in
life and I want to see what that’s going to be,” Orrick said.
He encouraged McCroey to seek education and other self-help
programs during and after his sentence.

McCroey was arrested by San Francisco police last March during
an incident near McAllister and Jones Streets, where he allegedly
fired a pistol. The criminal complaint said at the time he appeared
to shoot at a man who was pushing another person in a wheelchair,
but prosecutors said in court Tuesday that McCroey fired the shot
into the ground. McCroey’s attorney described it as a warning
shot, not an attempt to hit someone.

McCroey’s longest prison sentence prior to this was a nine-day
term for a felony conviction that stemmed from a fight at a store
where he was hit on the head with a pickle jar, his attorney said.
Because of that incident, he was disallowed from possessing
guns.

In 2019, McCroey was charged with a misdemeanor filing a false
report in connection with the faux Amber Alert incident. During

his arrest in this case
, San Francisco officers reportedly saw
him carrying a bag of marijuana and he took off running, yelling
that he wasn’t selling drugs as he did so. He later attempted to
give police a fake name and date of birth, but they discovered his
true identity, according to the complaint.

Source: FS – All – Interesting – News 2
‘That is one of the most thoughtful statements I’ve heard’:
Federal judge grants low-end sentence in gun case against SF man
who faked child abduction