Federal prosecutors are accusing Devin Michael Cuellar, 28, of trashing and stealing from a private residence in Yosemite National Park last year, as well as breaking gun possession prohibitions.
A grand jury seated in Fresno returned a six-count indictment Thursday against Cuellar, charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a drug addict in possession of a sawed-off shotgun, destruction of property, receipt of stolen property, theft, and lying to park rangers.
U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced the charges in a news release.
Home on Koon Hollar Road
According to court documents, Cuellar, a convicted felon on parole and living as a transient, broke into an empty private residence on Koon Hollar Road in Wawona and lived there for several months in summer 2021.
During that time, the residence was trashed, and a toolbox, flat-screen TV, tools, and other items were stolen from the residence. In addition, items reported stolen by other people in Wawona were found.
Suspect’s DNA on Shotgun
Court documents allege that a sawed-off shotgun with Cuellar’s DNA was found in the residence, along with ammunition. Cuellar is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition because of his carjacking and drug trafficking convictions.
If convicted, Cuellar faces a lengthy prison sentence.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Escobar is prosecuting the case.