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July 1, 2005

ROBERT WAYNE MICKENS, 40, of Kelso, Washington, was sentenced in Tacoma today to 48 months in federal prison for being a Convicted Felon in Possession of Ammunition. MICKENS was arrested by City of Kelso police officers on August 19, 2004, in connection with allegations that he had threatened a woman with a shotgun and for investigation of methamphetamine found in his car. As MICKENS was being booked into jail, officers found a single round of ammunition in his pocket. As a convicted felon, it is illegal under federal law for MICKENS to possess any kind of ammunition.

MICKENS was convicted in 1982 of Theft in the Second Degree and Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree, in 1987 for Possession of Stolen Property Second Degree, in 1988 for Possession of Stolen Property Second Degree, in 1988 of First Degree Assault, in 1990 for Possession of Stolen Property in the Second Degree and in 2004 he was convicted of Possession of Methamphetamine. All these convictions took place in Cowlitz County.

MICKENS was prosecuted as part of an emphasis program in Cowlitz County in which selected cases are transferred from the local to the federal level where stricter sentences are imposed in connection with the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Unveiled by President George W. Bush in May 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a comprehensive and strategic approach to gun law enforcement. PSN is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking both new and existing local programs that target gun crime and then providing them with the resources and tools they need to succeed. Implementation at the local level -- in this case, Cowlitz County -- has fostered close partnerships between federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement.

In prosecuting MICKENS, federal authorities pointed out that even minor violations of federal firearms law in Cowlitz County will be vigorously prosecuted in appropriate cases and authorities will seek long sentences.

The case was investigated by the Kelso Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William H. Redkey, Jr.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington at (206) 553-4110.

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