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Anchorage Felon arraigned on gun charge in Federal Court

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Anchorage man was arraigned on one charge of felon in possession of a firearm. 

            Alando Mark Modeste, 29, also known as “Simba,” pled not guilty to the charge of felon in possession of a firearm. 

According to the information presented to the court, Modeste was found in the possession of a Smith & Wesson revolver and a Taurus, Model 455 Tracker revolver on April 8, 2012.  It is alleged that Modeste has been a felon since July 25, 2005, having been convicted of manslaughter in the Superior Court for the State of Alaska, Third Judicial District.  

            Special Assistant U.S Attorney Erin W. Bradley, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant. 

            The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.  Modeste remains incarcerated pending trial in this case.   

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilty.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Updated January 29, 2015