Convicted Felon Found with Firearm Gets 180 Days in Jail

Joseph Roberson, 21, Eligible for Electronic Monitoring

A convicted felon was sentenced to 180 days in jail on Friday after a routine traffic stop in June resulted in the discovery of a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a loaded magazine, and 500 rounds of ammunition in his car.

Joseph Roberson, 21, who was on felony probation for possession of a deadly weapon, pleaded guilty to possession of firearm by a convicted felon. Police had pulled over Roberson because he didn’t have his headlights on, and officers determined he was subject to search as a condition of his probation.

Joseph Roberson
Click to enlarge photo


Joseph Roberson

That search resulted in the discovery of a black ski mask, black gloves, and a black bandanna in a bag on the car’s back seat. At the time of his arrest, Roberson told police he obtained the firearm from a friend that he would not identify, but never gave an explanation for the rest of the items in the car.

Additionally, at his sentencing Friday morning, Roberson’s original probation was revoked and reinstated for another three years with conditions that include him being subject to search and seizure.

Roberson has credit for 25 days served, and is eligible for the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP) or electronic monitoring.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Pair of F-22s Buzz Santa Barbara City College

Turbulence rattles windows and nerves on Monday morning.

Mandatory Evacuation Called for Fire Zones in Santa Barbara County

Heavy rains expected Tuesday-Thursday; debris flows feared.

Cannabis Farmer Gets Over $1 Million Insurance Payout

Thomas Fire ash destroys crop; analysis finds asbestos, lead, arsenic, and magnesium.

Next Debris Flow Could Take Different, Unknown Path

"I've never seen this degree of hazard," says Cal Fire scientist.

Biggest Storm Since 1/9 Approaching Santa Barbara

The storm system brings increased threat of flash floods and debris flows.