BOISE – Raul Valencia-Hernandez, 51, of Palmdale, California, was sentenced today to 20 months in prison for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Valencia-Hernandez to forfeit the firearm involved in the offense. Valencia-Hernandez pleaded guilty to the charge on May 12, 2014.
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BOISE – Michael Sean Crist, 46, of Boise, Idaho, was sentenced today in United States District Court to 44 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for unlawfully possessing ammunition, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Crist to forfeit the firearm and ammunition involved in the offense.
EUGENE, Ore. – On June 18, 2014, Dean Allen Fleury, 52, of Eugene, Oregon, was sentenced by U.S. District Chief Judge Ann Aiken to 15 years in federal prison for unlawful possession of a firearm. Upon his release from prison, Fleury will be on supervised release for five years.
Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that Wasilla resident James C. Riggs plead guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Sharon L. Gleason to possessing an unregistered silencer and for killing a bull moose in Denali National Park in 2012.
K-9 Allegra came to ATF from the Guiding Eyes for The Blind program, and completed her 16-week training program as an Explosives Detection Canine (EDC) with ATF. She and her handler work many interesting investigations and assist local, state and other federal agencies with their investigations. On a recent investigation, Special Agent Canine Handler (SACH) Cheryl Bishop and K-9 Allegra responded to a request for assistance from the ATF Seattle Gun Group regarding a vehicle arriving by ferry from Alaska suspected of containing AK-47 firearms being transported to Mexico.
A convicted bank robber who absconded from supervised release, was arrested in Hillsboro, Oregon, Monday June 2, 2014, after being on the run for nearly five years, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A.
BOISE – U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced today that Anthony Rennie Jones, 29, of Nampa, Idaho, was sentenced to 84 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for distribution of methamphetamine. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge sentenced Jones at the federal courthouse in Boise. Jones, a documented member of a criminal gang, pleaded guilty to the charges on January 15, 2014.
Spokane – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Trinidad Jesus Suarez, age 26, of Sunnyside, Washington, was sentenced for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Senior United States District Court Judge Edward F. Shea sentenced Suarez to a 174 month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 60 month term of court supervision upon release from Federal prison.
MEDFORD, Ore. - On Monday, May 12, 2014, Senior U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner sentenced Christopher Darrell Joseph Sage, 49, of Grants Pass, Oregon, to 20 years in federal prison, after he previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Sage will be on supervised release for five years after he completes his prison sentence.
The tenant who rented the basement of a home in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood, and his heroin supplier, have both been charged with gun and drug crimes after selling heroin and a firearm to a person working with law enforcement, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. At the time of the arrests last week, law enforcement seized a dozen weapons including a Mac-11 submachine gun and silencer. JORGE CARLOS CAMPS, 34, made his initial appearance in U.S.
A recently released prison inmate was arrested yesterday for plotting to blow up a large store and gas station as part of his bank robbery scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A.
A federal felon who was still under court supervision when he committed an armed robbery of a marijuana distributor was sentenced today to 14 years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. MELVIN CHARLES SLAUGHTER, 31, was on supervision for a bank fraud conviction in August 2013, when he robbed a Maple Valley, Washington marijuana trafficker. After robbing the marijuana dealer at gunpoint, two of SLAUGHTER’s cohorts were shot by the dealer as they tried to flee. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Robert S.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Tacoma, Washington gang member was sentenced today to 13 years in prison for his role in a violent, take-over style bank robbery ring, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. ANTHONY V.