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Defendant arrested with guns and methamphetamine in car

March 17, 2006


JASON JEROME HARRIS, 32, of Longview, Washington was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and an armed career criminal. HARRIS was arrested May 13, 2005 after selling methamphetamine to a confidential informant. Longview Police officers found additional methamphetamine and two firearms in HARRIS’ car.

HARRIS pleaded guilty November 22, 2005. In the plea agreement HARRIS admits a lengthy criminal history going back to 1991: Three convictions for various burglaries and two for Malicious Mischief in 1991; Second degree theft in 1995; Two counts related to the possession and delivery of heroin in 1999; Two counts of possession of methamphetamine and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in 2002.

In asking Judge Franklin D. Burgess to sentence HARRIS to a lengthy prison term, Assistant United States Attorney William H. Redkey Jr. wrote to the court “if that long a term of imprisonment does not deter him from future criminal activity, nothing will.”

In imposing the mandatory minimum term, Judge Burgess noted that while at the Federal Detention Center at Sea-Tac, HARRIS had helped save an inmate’s life. As HARRIS was passing the inmate’s cell, he saw the man was attempting to hang himself. HARRIS got the inmate down and performed CPR. The inmate died six days later at a hospital.

HARRIS was prosecuted as part of 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, in Cowlitz County -- has fostered close partnerships between federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement.

The case was investigated by the Longview Police Department Street Crimes Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), and 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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