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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Alaska

For Immediate Release

Monday, May 23, 2011

Karen L. Loeffler, United States Attorney

Contact: Yvonne Lamoureux, AUSA
(907) 271-5071

Anchorage Felon Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

Anchorage, Alaska — United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage, to 60 months in prison for his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On Friday, May 20, 2011, Quinton Lamont Henderson, 33, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced by United States District Judge Timothy M. Burgess.

According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney Yvonne Lamoureux, immediately after hearing two gunshots fired from a nearby area, Anchorage Police stopped Henderson driving a green Dodge Caravan in the Mountain View neighborhood of Anchorage, Alaska. A search of the vehicle revealed a silver pistol under the drivers seat. A spent shell casing that the Alaska State Crime Laboratory determined had been fired from the pistol found under the seat was found in the vehicle. Another spent shell casing from the pistol found under the seat was found in the street in the area where the shots had been fired. The Alaska State Crime Laboratory also concluded that a fingerprint found on the magazine of the pistol belonged to the defendant. Henderson has three prior felony convictions; assault in the third degree from Washington in 1999, attempted sexual assault in the second degree from Alaska in 2001, and misconduct involving weapons in the third degree from Alaska in 2002.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Burgess stated that he felt Henderson was a danger to the community and was particularly concerned with protecting the community from future crimes by Henderson, given his lengthy criminal history and the high likelihood that he fired the firearm found under the seat of the vehicle he was driving.

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 Henderson.