A Half Moon Bay man who is a former Newark firefighter has pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen weapons charges after police uncovered a cache of 16 guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition that he'd stashed in a storage unit, according to a San Mateo County prosecutor.
John Fotinos, who entered his plea Wednesday in San Mateo County Superior Court, isn't allowed to have guns and ammunition because of a 2007 felony grand theft conviction, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
On June 14, Sheriff's deputies searched 47-year-old Fotinos' home and then a Pacifica storage locker, where they allegedly found the weaponry. He faces 16 counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and two charges of having an assault rifle. The charges are all felonies.
This most recent arrest came as Fotinos was already facing felony perjury and false document charges in connection with a bitter divorce and child custody case. His 2007 felony conviction stemmed from a case where he was accused of selling a friend's truck but keeping the proceeds for himself.
Fotinos is being held in San Mateo County jail in lieu of $320,000 bail. He's due back in court on the weapons charges July 3, said Wagstaffe.
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