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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Alaska

For Immediate Release

Friday, January 21, 2011

Karen L. Loeffler, United States Attorney

Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing Firearm in Connection with Atttempted Murder

Anchorage, Alaska — United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage, to 110 months in federal prison for his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On January 21, 2011, Eric Suggs, 37, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced by United States District Judge John W. Sedwick.

According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney Kyle G. French, Suggs, a convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing a firearm, shot Joseph Brown Jr. multiple times with a .38-caliber handgun outside of Chilkoot Charlie’s bar in Anchorage, Alaska, on December 11, 2009. Numerous witnesses saw Suggs shoot Brown and responding Anchorage Police Department apprehended Suggs near the bar. Suggs’s criminal history includes multiple felony convictions including, misconduct involving weapons and possession or purchase of crack cocaine for sale.

Suggs will serve his federal felon in possession sentence concurrent with his State of Alaska sentences for state convictions related to the December 11, 2009, shooting. On December 23, 2010, Alaska Superior Court Judge Michael Spaan sentenced Suggs to 20 years in jail with 5 years suspended for attempted murder in the first degree and three years in jail for misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree.

We will continue to aggressively prosecute and seek enhanced penalties for felons who commit violent gun crimes, Loeffler said. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a comprehensive national program to reduce gun crime and violence at the local level. For more information about Project Safe Neighborhoods, please visit

Ms. Loeffler commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Anchorage Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Suggs.