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Anchorage Felon Sentenced For Firearm Possession

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

Anchorage, Alaska – Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin R. Feldis announced today that Alondo Mark Modeste, a resident of Anchorage, has been sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to 48 months in prison for his conviction of felon in possession of a firearm.   

United States District Court Judge Timothy M. Burgess imposed the sentence on 30 year-old Modeste.  

According to information presented to the court by Special Assistant United States Attorney Erin Bradley, who prosecuted the case, Modeste possessed a Smith & Wesson .357 caliber revolver and a Taurus 45 caliber revolver on April 18, 2012.  Law enforcement discovered the firearms at the Merrill Field Inn.  The Taurus revolver was found in Modeste’s vehicle, and the Smith & Wesson revolver was found in a snow bank outside of a window of the motel that Modeste had leapt from.  In 2005, Modeste was convicted of manslaughter in the Superior Court for the State of Alaska, Third Judicial District.  As a convicted felon, he was prohibited from possessing firearms.                

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Burgess noted the serious nature of the offense, the defendant’s history and the need to protect the public and to deter future crimes of this nature.                         

Mr. Feldis commends the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Anchorage Police Department for the investigation leading to the convictions in this case.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley is a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office funded by the Municipality of Anchorage for the purpose of prosecuting gang-related and violent crime cases. 

Updated January 29, 2015