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September 20, 2005

GREGORY ALLEN CREIGHTON, age 49, of Milton, Washington, was sentenced to 117 months in Federal District Court in Tacoma pursuant to his guilty plea to the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. In sentencing the defendant, United States District Judge Ronald B. Leighton noted that CREIGHTON's criminal history was such that a ten year sentence was called for in his case (the sentence was reduced by three months to give credit for the time that CREIGHTON spent in Pierce County Jail before the case was adopted federally).

CREIGHTON pleaded guilty in June 2005 to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Facts brought to light during a hearing on the defendant's motion to suppress evidence, which was won by the government, showed that State Department of Corrections officers, accompanied by Milton Police Department officers, arrived at the defendant's rental house in Milton on May 3, 2004 to arrest him for probation violations. A subsequent search of the home resulted in the seizure of three firearms, ammunition, a small amount of methamphetamine, and the makings of a methamphetamine laboratory.

CREIGHTON's previous convictions included the following felonies out of Pierce County Superior Court: Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine in 1995; and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree, and Conspiracy to Possess Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver in 2000.

CREIGHTON was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Unveiled by President George W. Bush in May 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods is a comprehensive and strategic approach to gun law enforcement. The program 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 Milton and Pierce County -- has fostered close partnerships between federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement.

This case was primarily investigated by members of the Washington State Department of Corrections, City of Milton Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case was investigated and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory A. Gruber.

For further 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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