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Man Who Assaulted Immigration Officer with Car Gets 8 Years in Federal Prison

November 2, 2009

Las Vegas, Nev. – A Las Vegas man who rammed his Honda Accord into a U.S. Immigration and Customs Detention Officer who was approaching his vehicle, was sentenced today to eight years in federal prison and three years of supervised release, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Lon Allen Clark, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan to the maximum amount of prison time that could be imposed for a conviction for assaulting, resisting, and impeding a federal officer. The Court also found that Clark was a career offender because of the nature of this offense combined with the fact that Clark had at least two prior felony convictions of either a crime of violence or a controlled substance offense. Clark pleaded guilty on August 8, 2009. A restitution hearing is set for December 1, 2009, at 10:00 a.m.

On September 17, 2008, several U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Officers were conducting a fugitive investigation on San Marcos Street in Las Vegas when they observed a parked Honda Accord occupied by a male driver. The officers thought the Honda might be associated with their investigation, so one officer pulled his SUV in front of the Honda and initiated his emergency vehicle lights. A second ICE vehicle pulled up behind the ICE SUV and initiated its emergency lights. An ICE officer exited the SUV and approached the suspect car on foot. The ICE Officer's badge was hanging visibly from a lanyard around his neck. The driver of the Honda then accelerated the Honda directly into the ICE officer, hitting him and the SUV he had been driving. The ICE officer was able to fire several rounds at the vehicle before it drove away, striking another vehicle on the other side of the street. A short while later, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officers found the Honda Accord abandoned in a vacant lot with bullet holes in the front and driver's side window. The investigating officers and agents were later able to determine that the driver of the vehicle was Lon Allen Clark, who resided near San Marcos Street.

The case was investigated by the FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Investigations, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly Frayn.

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