Convicted felon receives three year sentence for firearm possession
Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a resident of Anchorage has been sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for her conviction of felon in possession of a firearm.
Ashley Helene Hilton, 26, from Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced on June 14, 2013, by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon L. Gleason to 36 months in prison.
According to information presented to the court by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin White Bradley, who prosecuted the case, Hilton possessed a loaded Witness .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol on September 5, 2012. A latent print on the magazine inside of the firearm matched that of the defendant. Hilton was not legally permitted to possess the firearm, as she has a felony conviction for second degree robbery from 2005. In this present case, Hilton was with her co-defendant, Nancie Caridad Modeste, who was in the possession of 85 grams of crack cocaine and was arrested on drug charges. Modeste has pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and felon in possession of firearms, and her sentencing hearing is set for July 1, 2013.
Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Gleason noted the serious nature of the offense, along with a need to deter criminal conduct, protect the public and promote respect for the law.
Ms. Loeffler commends the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Alaska State Troopers for the investigation of this case. SAUSA Bradley is a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office funded by the Municipality of Anchorage for the purpose of prosecuting gang-related and violent crime cases.