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CALIFORNIA MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR INTERSTATE STALKING WHILE ARMED WITH A FIREARM
Man Used “MySpace” to Locate Ex-Girlfriend, Drove From L.A. and Confronted her with Gun

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2008

GARRETT DUNN, 36, of Highland, California, was sentenced today U.S. District Court in Seattle to five years in prison and five years of supervised release for Carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, in this case interstate stalking. DUNN was arrested April 27, 2007, after stalking an ex-girlfriend and barging into her Seattle home with a loaded gun. DUNN surrendered to police after firing one shot into the floor of the home. No one was hurt. At sentencing, the Assistant United States Attorney stated, “We are lucky that we are not here for murder.. .” that given the circumstances were a recipe for disaster. Chief Judge Lasnik agreed and indicated that given the circumstances of an obsessed man, armed with a gun, there were many different outcomes which could have occurred.

According to records filed in the case, DUNN has a long history of depression and drug addiction. After his girlfriend broke up with him he stalked her, slashed her tires and broke into her car, stealing her wallet, passport and other valuables. DUNN used some of these materials to commit identity fraud. After the ex-girlfriend moved from California to the Seattle area, DUNN tracked her down via her MySpace page. DUNN purchased a gun and ammunition in southern California and drove to Seattle. At the ex-girlfriend’s residence, DUNN confronted the woman and her roommate with a loaded handgun. DUNN told them he was going to kill himself or create a scene so the police would kill him. DUNN was waving the gun around and both women feared they would be shot. Both the ex-girlfriend and her roommate were ultimately able to talk their way out of the room where DUNN stayed with the gun. Each called 9-1-1. Outside the house, the ex-girlfriend heard a shot and feared for her roommate. The shot had gone into the floor. When police entered the house they found DUNN sprawled on the floor, with the gun away from his body.

DUNN was originally charged in King County Superior Court with Burglary and Assault. The case was charged federally so that DUNN could have the maximum period of federal supervision – five years – to make sure his depression and addictions are in check and for community safety. On October 5, 2007, DUNN pleaded guilty. The charge carries a mandatory minimum five year prison term.

The case was investigated by the Seattle Police Department and the FBI.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bruce Miyake.

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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