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Judge cites prior criminal history for stiff sentence

February 2, 2006

JOHN HENRY SLAUGHTER, 33, of Seattle, Washington was sentenced to more than eight years in prison today and five years of supervised release for Distribution of Cocaine Base. SLAUGHTER was arrested on June 17, 2004, after selling crack cocaine to a confidential informant who was under the supervision of the Auburn Police Department. A search of SLAUGHTER’s car turned up additional crack cocaine in bags ready for distribution. The case was referred for federal prosecution because of SLAUGHTER’s previous drug convictions. In sentencing SLAUGHTER to 100 months in prison U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Zilly noted that his criminal history is “extensive.”

SLAUGHTER’s criminal history goes back more than 15 years and includes convictions for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Stolen Property and Counterfeiting. His most recent conviction occurred in May, 2005. He was convicted of a Domestic Violence attack in which he beat his girlfriend with an aluminum baseball bat.

After his arrest by Auburn police in 2004, SLAUGHTER posted bail and could not be located by law enforcement. SLAUGHTER was arrested by state authorities on other charges in early 2005. SLAUGHTER was indicted by a federal grand jury on the drug charges in May, 2005. He pleaded guilty October 21, 2005.

At today’s sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Zilly recalled that he had sentenced SLAUGHTER to two years in prison in the early 1990's and had later revoked his probation. “You are a very violent person who has spent most of the last ten years in prison,” the Judge said, “I see very little hope for improvement in the future.”

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Auburn Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Janet Freeman.

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

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