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United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan
Western District of Washington

Seattle Gang Member Gets Five Year Prison Term For Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm

23-Year-Old with Multiple Convictions had Loaded, Stolen Handgun in Glove Box of his Car

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2012

MONROE EZELL, 23, of Seattle, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to five years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  Officers discovered the loaded, stolen Glock .45 pistol in the locked glove box of EZELL’s car.  EZELL had given the officers permission to search the car when he was contacted about an assault suspect wanted by police.  EZELL is a longtime member of the 74 Hoover street gang, a gang active in south Seattle.  The five year sentence was imposed by Chief U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman.

According to records filed in the case, EZELL has a lengthy and violent criminal history and is therefore prohibited from possessing firearms.  In 2010, EZELL was convicted for breaking into his then girlfriend’s apartment, strangling her and threatening her with a gun.  He was convicted of burglary and felony harassment - domestic violence.  Two years earlier, EZELL and his criminal associates robbed a victim on a Metro bus. 

In asking for a significant sentence, prosecutors noted EZELL’s gang ties and connection to violence. “In August 2009, Ezell was shot while standing outside of the King County Youth Service Center with two other members of the Hoover gang.  The shooting is believed to be in retaliation to a gang related shooting that Ezell was believed to have been involved in.  He’s also been present at another shooting,” prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo.

EZELL was first arrested for illegal gun possession by Tacoma Police Officers on June 8, 2011, in Tukwila, Washington.  The Tacoma officers were searching for Michael Wilson, who was later convicted of assaulting a police officer when he drove his car, dragging one of the officers, when they tried to stop him in a Tacoma parking lot.  The case was further investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), and the Seattle Police Department Gang Unit. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Brown.

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