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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Oregon

For Immediate Release

September 26, 2011

Dwight C. Holton, United States Attorney

Contact: Doug Fong

Grants Pass Felon Sentenced to Four Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Loaded Firearm

MEDFORD, Ore. – United States District Court Judge Owen M. Panner sentenced Joshua Kenneth Devore, 34, of Grants Pass, to serve four years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Devore was allowed 60 days to report to prison.

On November 13, 2010, a Grants Pass police officer contacted Devore walking on Redwood Avenue shortly after midnight. When the officer stopped to talk with Devore, he turned away from the officer, reached into his waistband, and threw an object into a ditch. The object turned out to be a loaded .22 caliber revolver. Devore also possessed a black sling-style knife and a small amount of marijuana.

Devore is a multiple convicted felon, including ten convictions for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, two convictions for felony attempt to elude, felon in possession of a firearm, identity theft, theft in the first degree, and four convictions for possession of methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Douglas W. Fong.