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February 21, 2018: Father and Daughter Charged with Illegal Possession of Firearms, Ammunition

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Sarah Ardalani, Public Information Officer
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A man and his daughter have been charged with possessing an illegal cache of weapons in their Temple City home, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On Feb. 20, prosecutors charged Steven David Ponder (dob 7/14/60) of Temple City with seven felony counts in case GA102922: possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a destructive device, unlawful assault weapon/.50 BMG rifle activity, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a machine gun and possession of a short-barreled rifle or shotgun.

The felony complaint also alleges that Steven Ponder was previously convicted of counterfeiting money and possession of a machine gun in 2001.

Ponder’s daughter and co-defendant, Riley Elizabeth Ponder (dob 9/19/90) of Temple City, has been charged with three felony counts in the same case: possession of an assault weapon, possession of destructive device and prohibited transfer of firearms.

Steven Ponder is scheduled to be arraigned March 19, while Riley Ponder is expected to be in court on March 8. Both court appearances will occur in Department 5 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Alhambra Branch.

Prosecutors said on Feb. 14, law enforcement searched Steven Ponder’s Temple City home and reportedly discovered a stockpile of illegal weapons and ammunition.

During the search, authorities also discovered that Riley Ponder was allegedly in illegal possession of a weapon and ammunition.

Riley Ponder was immediately taken into custody on Feb. 14 and bonded out the next day. Steven Ponder surrendered to law enforcement on Feb. 15 and was released on bail the following day.

If convicted as charged, Steven Ponder faces a maximum possible sentence of eight years in state prison, while Riley Ponder could face five years in prison.

The case is being investigated by the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Firearms.