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Defendant’s Lengthy History of Domestic Violence Factors in to Significant Federal Sentence

November 20, 2009

AMUND DRESALE REYNOLDS, 28, of Des Moines, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to eight years in prison and five years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute. REYNOLDS was arrested January 22, 2009, after witnesses at a 7-11 told police he had seen REYNOLDS assault his girlfriend in the store parking lot. When police took REYNOLDS into custody they found a Sterling Arms, .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol, with the chamber loaded, and safety off in the car near where REYNOLDS was seated. REYNOLDS’ prior felony convictions bar him from possessing a firearm. At sentencing Chief U.S. District Court Judge Robert S. Lasnik said he was very concerned about REYNOLDS’ history of violence against women, and ordered that he undergo anger management as part of his mental health counseling during supervised release.

According to records filed in the case, REYNOLDS has seven prior drug convictions including one for distributing crack cocaine. All of the convictions are in King County during 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. In addition REYNOLDS has been arrested ten times for domestic violence against his girlfriends or mothers of his children. In court Special Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Colasurdo said REYNOLDS “has had uninterrupted criminal history for the last 9-10 years.... He has gone through the revolving door of the state system.... When he gets angry he lashes out at the women he loves, he gets violent.... assaulting pregnant women, assaulting them with children present, choking them, punching them in the face.” Mr. Colasurdo noted that at REYNOLDS’ arrest a loaded gun was present, following a physical assault on his girlfriend. “Based on Reynolds’ history of violence towards the women in his life and his inability to control his rage, the United States truly believes that (the police officer’s) arrival may have saved a life,” Mr. Colasurdo wrote in his sentencing memo.

REYNOLDS was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Unveiled in May 2001, 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 Des Moines Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and Port of Seattle Police Department. 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 cases 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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