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REPEAT OFFENDER SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON FOR GUN POSSESSION
Kent Resident with Gang Ties had Five Firearms and Drugs in Apartment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2009

KEVIN ALONZO MILES, 45, of Kent, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 84 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. MILES, who has a previous conviction for drug trafficking, was arrested November 14, 2007, following three crack cocaine sales to a confidential informant. When officers went to arrest MILES they searched his apartment and found five weapons as well as small amounts of drugs. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez noted that “in over 25 years of involvement with criminal activity he has not really learned his lesson.”

MILES pleaded guilty on October 27, 2008. According to records filed in the case, officers went to MILES’ Kent apartment with a search warrant late in the evening on November 14, 2007. When they saw MILES leave the apartment and enter his car, they surrounded him and arrested him. MILES’ 8-year-old son was alone in the apartment where the officers also found marijuana, crack cocaine, powder cocaine and these five firearms: a Colt, Model Combat Commander, .38 caliber pistol; a Jennings, Model J-22, .22 caliber pistol; a Smith and Wesson, Model 19, .357 caliber revolver; a Ruger, Model Redhawk, .44 caliber revolver; and an Iver Johnson, Model Safety, .32 caliber revolver that had been reported stolen. They also found lots of ammunition and an empty magazine for an AK-47. Around the apartment were several photos of MILES flashing gang signs, and clothing associated with a street gang.

In asking for a lengthy sentence Special Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Colasurdo pointed out that the guns endangered MILES’ son as well as the larger community. “A gun in the hands of a felon endangers everyone in the community. That is especially true in cases like this, where the felon’s already questionable judgment is clouded by the use of drugs and where the felon has chosen to engage in other risky and/or illegal behaviors, like drug dealing. Both of these factors greatly increase the chances that the weapon will be used and, consequently, the likelihood that someone will be harmed,” Mr. Colasurdo wrote in his sentencing memo.

The case was investigated by the King County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Colasurdo. Mr. Colasurdo is a Deputy King County Prosecutor specially designated to 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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