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SEATTLE MAN SENTENCED TO 151 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR DEALING CRACK COCAINE IN SEATTLE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2008

ANDRE ANTHONY LEWIS, 35, of Seattle, Washington, was sentenced Monday, March 24, 2008, by U.S. District Judge James L. Robart to 151 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release for Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine. LEWIS entered a guilty plea to that charge on January 23, 2007.

According to court documents, LEWIS was arrested after being the intended victim in a drive-by shooting in the Central District of Seattle. His late model Mercedes automobile was riddled by bullets, but LEWIS escaped without serious injury. However, when police responded to the scene, LEWIS was uncooperative, stating that the assailant was a “seven foot tall white guy.” Police impounded LEWIS’ Mercedes and later found several baggies of crack cocaine in the trunk of the car.

The case was adopted by federal authorities based on LEWIS’ extensive criminal history including manslaughter and numerous incidents involving gunfire. At the sentencing hearing, Judge Robart determined that LEWIS was considered to be a Career Offender under the Federal sentencing guidelines scheme, resulting in a much more severe sentencing range than would otherwise be the case. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Probation Office recommended a lengthy prison term and the judge agreed, stating that based on his violent criminal history, LEWIS constituted a serious threat to the safety of the community.

This case was investigated by the Seattle Police Department as part of the ATF Violent Gang Task Force, which includes agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as officers of the Seattle Police Department, the King County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington Department of Corrections. The case was 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, at (206) 553-4110.

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