Released by: District Attorney
For Immediate Release
Convicted Stalker Sent to Prison for Possessing Stolen Firearm
Santa Rosa, CA – August 17, 2016 – Ryan Kenneth Watt, 26-years-old of Petaluma, was sentenced Tuesday to four years in state prison for a May conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon. Watt was released earlier this year from a prison commitment due to a stalking conviction. Upon release from prison Watt immediately began to attempt contact with the victim in the stalking case in violation of a criminal protective order. The victim reported the violations to the Petaluma Police Department, who located Watt a week later at a friend’s apartment where he was in possession of a loaded Smith and Wesson .50 caliber revolver. The Smith and Wesson revolver was later determined to have been stolen.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “This individual was barred from legally possessing a firearm with good reason. We will continue to vigorously prosecute such cases, and we believe the prison sentence was more than justified in these circumstances.”
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Thomas Gotshall. Detective Lance Novello of the Petaluma Police Department headed the investigation.