CLARK COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS AS "ARMED CAREER CRIMINAL"
GREGORY SCOTT GRANT, 42, of Clark County, Washington was sentenced on Friday, June 3rd, to 180 months (15 years) in federal prison for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon as an Armed Career Criminal ("ACC"). GRANT pleaded guilty to the charge in January 2005. In sentencing him today, U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton commented that GRANT had "worked hard to get here" and noted that GRANT's "experiences in the community have been harmful to the community."
GRANT was arrested on December 5, 2003 in rural Clark County, Washington when he tried to ram his car into the car of a Clark County Sheriff's deputy who was trying to pull him over. When he attempted to back his car into the patrol car at a high rate of speed, GRANT's car wound up in a ditch. He then ignored the officer's commands and left the scene by walking into an adjacent field. A Clark County K-9 unit was called in, and GRANT was located in the field. A struggle ensued, during which officers noticed that GRANT's hand was in his pocket. When he was arrested and searched, a stolen 9mm semi-automatic pistol was found in that same pocket.
GRANT's previous convictions include Burglary in Clark County (1989), Escape in Pierce County (1989), Attempted Escape in Clark County (1991), Assault in the Second Degree in Clark County (1996), and Resisting a Police Officer resulting in Death or Serious Bodily Injury in California (2001). These convictions qualified GRANT for prosecution as an Armed Career Criminal and its mandatory 15-year term of imprisonment. GRANT will now be returned for sentencing on two additional felony charges in King and Cowlitz Counties.
GRANT was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Unveiled by President George W. Bush in May 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods, a comprehensive and strategic approach to gun law enforcement, 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, in Clark County -- has fostered close partnerships between federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement.
The case was investigated by the Clark County Sheriff's Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory A. Gruber. 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.