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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

August 13, 2010

Jenny A. Durkan, United States Attorney

Contact: Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer
(206) 553-4110

Pierce County Repeat Offender Sentenced to Long Prison Term for Drug and Gun Crimes

Federal Judge Determines Defendant Is ‘Armed Career Criminal’

JOSHUA TIMOTHY RODGERS, 52, of Tacoma, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 20 years in prison and five years of supervised release for possession of methamphetamine and oxycodone, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and being armed during commission of a drug trafficking crime. RODGERS was arrested December 16, 2009. He was found guilty at a bench trial before U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan on May 3, 2010. At sentencing Judge Bryan determined that RODGERS qualified as an Armed Career Criminal saying that an important part of sentencing is to deter the defendant from committing other crimes and to protect the public.

According to filings in the case, on December 16, 2009, RODGERS had only recently been released from prison when he was arrested with drugs and a firearm in his car. RODGERS has a number of prior criminal convictions including one for dealing methamphetamine (Spokane County - 2005) and three for robbery (Pierce County - 1979 and two in 1986). The prior convictions mean RODGERS qualifies to be sentenced as both an Armed Career Criminal and a Career Offender. Those designations mean the sentences imposed today on two criminal convictions will run consecutive to each other – for a total amount of incarceration of twenty years.

Violent crime is a priority for ATF and we will never rest in our mission to pursue and bring to justice those individuals that would commit acts of violence, plague communities and destroy lives, said Kelvin Crenshaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

In asking for the lengthy sentence, Special Assistant United States Attorney Gerald Costello wrote to the court that RODGERS is a career criminal in every sense of the phrase. He has been committing serious felonies for over thirty years. His life of crime has only been interrupted by repeated incarcerations. Furthermore, he shows no inclination to change. His most recent conviction and prison sentence was for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute (Spokane County). It is plain that he immediately returned to the same lifestyle after release from prison.

The case was investigated by the ATF, and the Lakewood Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Gerald Costello. Mr. Costello is a Deputy Pierce County Prosecutor specially designated to prosecute firearms cases in federal court.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110 or