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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Alaska

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Anchorage Felon sentenced to 150 months in prison for gun and drug possession and assaulting a Federal Agent

Anchorage, Alaska -Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis announced today that an Anchorage man was sentenced in an Anchorage federal court after pleading guilty to multiple counts of weapons possession, one count of possession of cocaine, and one count of assaulting a federal law enforcement officer.

Lamar Joseph Facine, 30, of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline to 150 months in prison, to be followed by a three year term of supervised release.  Facine, already a convicted felon, previously pled guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm as well as one count of cocaine possession and one count of assaulting a federal agent.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Courter, who prosecuted the case, Facine admitted to possessing three separate firearms – two handguns and a shotgun – after having previously been convicted of two counts of felony drug distribution.  He also possessed a bag containing powder cocaine, additional rounds of ammunition, and other items of drug paraphernalia.  When Facine was confronted by law enforcement in October 2012, he immediately began to fight the officers, ultimately striking one agent in the face.

In announcing the sentence, Judge Beistline noted that Facine was clearly dangerous and had earned the punishment ordered by the court.  Judge Beistline also noted that Facine’s actions demonstrated a lack of respect for law enforcement and for those in positions of authority; therefore, it was important to fashion a sentence that focused on deterrence and protection of the public.

Mr. Feldis commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives as well as the United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office for their investigation of this case.

Updated January 29, 2015