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Las Vegas Auto Parts Owner Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Sale or Receipt of Stolen Vehicles

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January 16, 2003

Las Vegas, Nev. - Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada, Bill Young, Clark County Sheriff, and Keith Heinzerling, Resident Agent-in-Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol and Firearms for Las Vegas, announced that ARAM KHAKALMAZYAN, age 42, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Kent Dawson to 24 months in federal prison for his guilty pleas to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2), and Sale or Receipt of Stolen Vehicles, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2313(a).

KHAKALMAZYAN, controlled and operated "A+ Cannonn's Toyota Honda Used Parts", a large automobile part salvage yard located at 6070 North Hollywood in Las Vegas. The case was initiated by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department detectives who served a state search warrant at the business on February 6, 2002, and recovered 33 stolen cars or car parts, many of which had been transported to Las Vegas across state lines. Detectives also found at the business a loaded 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun concealed in the drawer of the defendant's office desk. It was later determined that KHAKALMAZYAN has 1995 felony convictions in Los Angeles, California, for Receiving Known Stolen Property and Grand Theft Auto. Under Title 18 ,United States Code, Section 922(g)(1), it is unlawful for any person who has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year to possess a firearm which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

KHAKALMAZYAN also agreed to forfeit the firearm, 33 stolen vehicles and/or vehicle parts, including a 1991 Nissan Pathfinder, a 1998 Audi AA6, a 1997 Volvo 850, a 1988 Jaguar XJS, and a 1997 Ford Pickup which were seized from the business. KHAKALMAZYAN agreed that the properties represented proceeds from his involvement in the crime of Sale or Receipt of Stolen Vehicles.

KHAKALMAZYAN was also ordered to serve a three-year period of supervised release following his release from prison, and to perform 40 hours of community service. Over $100,000 in restitution is being sought from KHAKALMAZYAN, and a restitution hearing is set for March 7, 2003. KHAKALMAZYAN will begin serving his prison term immediately following the March restitution hearing.

The prosecution and conviction of ARAM KHAKALMAZYAN is the result of an investigation by detectives with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Viper Squad and Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Frayn.

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