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Repeat Fresno Felon Headed to Federal Lockup at Just 21 Years Old



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While fleeing Fresno police on a scooter, Desmond Lamar Divine, 21, dropped a loaded handgun. (Shutterstock)
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Desmond Lamar Divine has had enough youthful brushes with the law to learn from his mistakes.

But, on Monday, a federal judge sentenced the 21-year-old Fresno resident to four years and three months in prison, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced in a news release.

According to court documents, on Nov. 8, 2021, after Divine was approached by police officers, he fled on a scooter, dropping a loaded handgun. At the time, Divine was on parole and had prior felony convictions that prohibit him from having guns.

Thirty months earlier, Fresno police arrested Divine, who is an alleged gang member, after responding to a disturbance in southwest Fresno. Officers found him with a 22 caliber carbine, which is classified as an assault weapon, along with a shotgun and another .22 rifle.

Fresno PD, the U.S. Marshals Service, and Homeland Security investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Jean Berger was the prosecutor.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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