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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Alaska

For Immediate Release

November 22, 2011

Karen L. Loeffler, United States Attorney

Contact: Stephan A. Collins, Assistant U.S. Attorney
(907) 271-5071

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

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

On November 21, 2011, Anthony Bermudez, 42, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge H. Russel Holland.

According to Special Assistant United States Attorney Erin White, who prosecuted the case, Bermudez, a convicted felon, brokered a deal to sell a Smith & Wesson revolver to another person. Bermudez has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1992, with numerous offenses involving violence, guns and drugs. His criminal history also includes four prior felony convictions for assault in the third degree (2 convictions), possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree.

In fashioning a sentence, Judge Holland noted the serious nature of Bermudez’ crime, as he both possessed and sold a firearm as a felon. The Court also noted the difficulty in deterring Bermudez’ criminal activities, due to multiple prior convictions and failures to conform to the requirements of his probation officer.

Ms. Loeffler commended ATF for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Bermudez. Ms. White is a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office who is funded by the Municipality of Anchorage for the purpose of prosecuting gang–related and violent crime cases.