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Federal Way Man Arrested Twice in Three Months with Loaded Handguns

April 24, 2009

TYRE JAMAR MAYERS, 23, of Federal Way, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 70 months in prison and three years of supervised release for two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. MAYERS was arrested with a loaded firearm in two separate incidents just three months apart. MAYERS was prohibited from having a firearm because of previous felony convictions for theft (2006), unlawful possession of a firearm, (2007) and eluding police (2007). At sentencing U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman said, “You have created this danger in the community. You’ve defied other judges. I need to remove you from the community.”

Records filed in the case detail MAYERS two arrests in June and September 2008. On June 5, 2008, a Renton police officer observed MAYERS and his cohorts flashing gang signs outside a Lexus registered to MAYERS. The officer ran the car’s plate and determined there was a warrant out for MAYERS’ arrest. The officer pulled the car over. MAYERS was in the passenger seat. When the officer informed MAYERS he was under arrest, MAYERS reached down as if trying to grab something under the seat. The officer grabbed MAYERS arm, MAYERS attempted to break free and run, he was subdued and arrested. Under the seat officers found a loaded Sig Sauer, 9mm semi-automatic pistol. The firearm’s magazine was labeled “RESTRICTED LAW ENFORCEMENT/GOVT USE ONLY.” The serial number on the gun had been obliterated.

Barely three months later, officers responded to the sound of gunfire in a parking lot near Seattle Center. The officers found four men standing around a car in the parking lot. The officers ordered them to put their hands up. One man, MAYERS, refused and started walking away from officers and appeared to take something from his waistband and toss it on the ground. Police arrested him and found a Lorcin, .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol that had been kicked under a car where MAYERS had been standing. MAYERS was charged federally September 28, 2008. He pleaded guilty January 28, 2009.

In asking for a sentence at the top of the guidelines rang, Special Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Colasurdo pointed out that MAYERS had eight prior run ins with police over dangerous weapons. “...despite being told time and time again that he cannot possess a firearm, he has continued to do so with little in the way of consequences. Amazingly, despite his horrendous history with firearms, the prosecutors and the courts have given him numerous breaks through the reduction and/or dismissal of charges. As a result, the longest sentence he has received has been 12 months. Furthermore, not once did Mayers repay the mercy shown to him with law abiding behavior once he was released. Each time he made the same choice. Each time he decided to possess a firearm,” Mr. Colasurdo wrote in his sentencing memo.

MAYERS was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. 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 King County-- has fostered close partnerships between federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement.

The case was investigated by the Renton Police Department, Seattle Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Violent Gang Task Force.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Colasurdo. Mr. Colasurdo is a Deputy King County Prosecutor specially designated the prosecute gun and drug crimes in federal court.

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

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