Felon who crashed party, pulled a gun faces 20 years after guilty verdict 

A drunken felon who whipped out a gun while crashing a Daly City party last year – only to be disarmed by a swift-acting mixed martial arts expert – faces a 20-year state prison sentence after being found guilty on multiple felony counts Wednesday, prosecutors say.

Gregory Anthony McFarland Jr., 24, rejected a plea deal that would have included a five-year prison sentence in connection with his drunken gun-toting tirade on March 25, 2009, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

After a seven-day trial, the jury found McFarland guilty on four felony counts, including felony assault with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and gun-enhanced residential burglary. McFarland was found not guilty of making felony threats.

McFarland was “extremely intoxicated” when he crashed the open garage party with a friend, Wagstaffe said. When a party host told him to leave, McFarland pulled out a gun and hollered, “I’ll kill you, I’ll shoot you,” he said.

Little did McFarland know that he had just threatened a martial arts expert, who “promptly executed a flawless wristlock, nearly breaking the suspect’s wrist, and then disarmed him,” Wagstaffe said.

McFarland fled, but an off-duty federal agent who witnessed the event called cops. He was found several houses away, “throwing up in the neighbor’s yard,” Wagstaffe said.

McFarland’s defense was that it was a case of mistaken identity, prosecutors said.

While the prosecution had rested its case on Aug. 19, 2009, after two days of jury trial, a mistrial was called after two jury members complained that a friend of McFarland’s had taken their pictures with a cell phone camera and intimidated them, Wagstaffe said.

McFarland is scheduled to be sentences July 8.

Judge Barbara Mallach revoked McFarland’s release on his own recognizance and remanded him into custody on $100,000 bail, Wagstaffe said.


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