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Federal Way Man Pleads Guilty to Using Firearm During Drug Trafficking Crime

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A south King County man pleaded guilty to using a firearm during a drug crime in an attempted drug robbery that turned into a fatal shooting, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  LENNY BRIKN, JR, 19, of Federal Way, pleaded guilty today to Using a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence and Drug Trafficking Crime.  The charge carries a mandatory minimum seven year prison term.  Both prosecutors and the defense will recommend a seven year term when BRIKN is sentenced on August 1, 2014 by U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Career Offender Bank Robber Sentenced to More than 14 Years in Federal Prison

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EUGENE, OR. – On April 17, 2014, Chief United States District Judge Ann Aiken sentenced career offender Leodis Robert Roach, 31, of Multnomah County, Oregon, to serve fourteen years and four months in federal prison for robbing the Eugene downtown branch of the Bank of America, and a ten-year concurrent sentence for possessing a loaded pistol while he was a passenger in a car outside of Spokane, Washington.

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

Florida Resident Pleads Guilty to Violent Crimes Linked to Debt Dispute

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A Florida resident who threatened family members over a $20,000 debt and used firebombs to torch one home and threaten another, pleaded guilty today to a variety of charges, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  SANG NGOC UNG, 54, of Margate, Florida pleaded guilty to Collection of Extension of Credit by Extortionate Means, Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering Activity, Unlawful Possession of a Destructive Device and Carrying a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Portland Man Receives 30-Month Federal Sentence for Hurling Molotov Cocktail at Portland Police Car

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez sentenced Sergey Yefimovich Turzhanskiy, 26, to 30 months in federal prison for possession of an unregistered destructive device. Turshanskiy pleaded guilty to using the device, a Molotov cocktail, in a 2012 attack on a Portland Police Bureau (PPB) patrol car.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Repeat Offender Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Possession of Stolen Firearms

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A felon who attempted to steal a disabled motorcycle from the shoulder of Interstate 5 was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to ten years in prison and three years of supervised release for possession of stolen firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. The investigation revealed that DONOVAN SMITH, 43, possessed eleven firearms – ten of which were stolen in residential burglaries in Texas and Washington. SMITH committed the Texas burglaries just weeks after his release from a New Mexico prison for a second degree murder conviction. At sentencing U.S.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Firearms Enforcement: Two Cases Highlight DOJ Priority Focus

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A repeat offender who robbed a postal contract facility was sentenced last week to ten years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. A few days later a separate defendant was convicted by a Tacoma jury of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Both cases highlight the focus on illegal weapons possession that is a priority in the Western District of Washington.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Malheur County Man Faces 15-Year Mandatory Minimum Sentence After Pleading Guilty to Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

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EUGENE, Ore. – On February 18, 2014, Ramiro Martinez Tristan, 39 and a resident of Ontario, Oregon, pled guilty today in federal court in Eugene to a single count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition. Law enforcement caught Tristan with a loaded .40 caliber handgun on September 10, 2013, and he has prior felony convictions for multiple counts of assault, felon in possession of a firearm, and burglary in the second degree. At sentencing on May 28, 2014, Tristan will face a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence as an Armed Career Criminal.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Marysville Woman Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Gun Trafficking

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A Snohomish County woman who led a ring of gun and drug traffickers was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to nine years in prison and four years of supervised release for conspiracy to illegally deal in firearms, being a felon in possession of a firearm and distribution of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  HEATHER CHANCEY, a/k/a HEATHER LEE SLATER, 34, of Marysville, Washington was indicted in July 2013 along with three other members of a firearms trafficking ring.  At sentencing, U.S. District Judge James L.

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

Repeat Offender Sentenced to 8 Year Prison Term for Illegally Possessing Assault Weapons

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A Mason County resident with multiple prior felony convictions was sentenced today in the U.S. District Court in Seattle to eight years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  JOHN CHRISTIAN PARKS, 38, of Belfair, Washington was arrested on March 30, 2013 while target shooting in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.  U.S.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Pierce County Man Who Killed Two While Protecting His Marijuana Grow Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison

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A Puyallup, Washington man who shot and killed two men who had entered the garage where he was growing marijuana, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to seven years in prison and three years of supervised release for manufacturing marijuana and possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

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EUGENE, Ore. – Daniel Chase Kennedy, 27, a resident of Jefferson County, Oregon, appeared before U. S. District Court Chief Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene yesterday and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. On July 10, 2013, Kennedy pled guilty to being an armed career criminal and admitted possessing shotguns and rifles he and two accomplices stole while burglarizing a Jefferson County home.

Last Reviewed May 7, 2015

Leader of 'Ghost Riders' Motorcycle Gang Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Weapons Possession

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A leader of the Ghost Riders motorcycle gang in Pierce County was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to five years in prison for possession of an unregistered short-barreled shotgun and being a felon in possession of explosives, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  KARL TWILLEAGER, a/k/a “King Karl”, 66, of Spanaway, Washington, has been in custody since his property was searched on June 13, 2013 and the weapons were discovered.  The explosives were being stored for a retaliatory attack on a rival gang.  U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton imposed the sentence.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

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