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United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan
Western District of Washington

Kitsap County Man With Lengthy Criminal History Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison

Defendant Shot Himself in the Stomach During Drug Deal

December 16, 2011

            A Kitsap County man with a history of convictions for drug distribution, gun possession, and domestic violence was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to ten years in prison and three years of supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  KEVIN B. WHITLOCK, 50, of Port Orchard, Washington, pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen firearm on August 23, 2011.  WHITLOCK was charged federally on January 26, 2011, following a June 2010 shooting incident at his home.  A search of the home following the shooting turned up the stolen firearm.  At sentencing, U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton told the defendant that “his characteristics overshadowed the crime,” that he saw “no reason for leniency,” and that “the depravity of the defendant’s conduct and braggadocio” had ensured his future.

            According to records filed in the case, WHITLOCK was dealing methamphetamine when he accidently shot himself in the stomach.  WHITLOCK attempted to get those who were present at the shooting to tell false accounts of the incident to the police.  By his own admission, he owed a large sum of money to a “Mexican gang” and had armed himself with firearms because Sureño gangsters had been seeking repayment of an outstanding drug debt.  On the day of the shooting a court authorized search of WHITLOCK’s home turned up methamphetamine and two firearms – one of which was stolen.  WHITLOCK is prohibited from possessing firearms because of felony convictions over the last 20 years for drug distribution, firearms possession and assault.

            WHITLOCK “is one of the most dangerous criminals on the Kitsap Peninsula. He has four convictions involving firearms and six convictions involving illegal drugs. He has been arrested at least three times for violence directed at women; in fact, he was arrested on the instant offense shortly after he attacked his girlfriend and beat her with his fists and wooden cane,” prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memorandum.

            This was an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, providing supplemental federal funding to the federal and state agencies involved.  The case was investigated by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, the West Sound Narcotics Task Force (WestNET) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

            The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marc Perez.


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