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Defendant has Prior Convictions for Murder and Assault

August 7, 2009

RONALD FLEMINGS, 38, of Tacoma, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 100 months in prison and three years of supervised release for Possession of Oxycodone with Intent to Distribute. FLEMINGS was arrested in October 2008, and was charged in federal court in January 2009. FLEMINGS pleaded guilty April 21, 2009. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman said to FLEMINGS, “when you have a criminal history like this, you can’t make any missteps.”

According to filings in the case, FLEMINGS was identified by a confidential source as a dealer in Oxycontin. In October 2008, the source set up a deal to purchase 200 Oxycontin 80 MG pills for $7,000. Following the drug deal in a Federal Way parking lot, FLEMINGS was arrested. FLEMINGS had previously served eleven years in prison for murder involving the fatal shooting of another man, and had been convicted of possession of crack cocaine and second degree assault for an attack that seriously injured his girlfriend. FLEMINGS has been associated with area gangs including the “BGD’s” (Black Gangster Disciples), and FLEMINGS is currently the “Sargent at Arms” for a motorcycle gang known as the “Drama Boyz.”

In asking for a significant sentence, Assistant United States Attorney Lisca Borichewski told Judge Pechman that FLEMINGS had “shown a pattern of violence intertwined with drugs that threatens the safety of the community.” As part of his sentence, FLEMINGS will undergo drug treatment both in prison and in the community following his release.

The case was investigated by the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisca Borichewski.

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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