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Friday, February 1, 2019

District Man Sentenced to 59 Months in Prison For Federal Firearms Offense Committed Three Months After Release from Prison

Defendant Had Been in Prison for Participation in Narcotics Conspiracy

            WASHINGTON – Tijuan Arrington, 42, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal charge of possessing a loaded firearm with an extended magazine, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            At the time of his arrest by MPD officers in Southeast Washington, Arrington was on federal supervised release following his release from incarceration after being sentenced in 2016 for his role in a large-scale narcotics conspiracy.

            Arrington pled guilty in October 2018, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a person convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. In that matter, on Jan. 24, 2019, the Honorable Rudolph Contreras sentenced Arrington to 47 months of incarceration, to be followed by two years of supervised release. Earlier today, the Honorable Chief Judge Judge Beryl A. Howell revoked Arrington’s supervised release and resentenced him to an additional 12 months of incarceration.

            According to the government’s evidence, on June 15, 2018, at approximately 9 p.m., MPD officers were on routine patrol in the 1300 block of Barnaby Terrace SE when they observed Arrington and other men with open containers of alcohol. When officers went to make contact with the individuals, Arrington immediately ran from the police; in the process, he dropped a loaded firearm. Arrington was detained after he was pursued running into his residence that was located up the block. In the middle of the street and in Arrington’s flight path, officers recovered a semiautomatic Glock 23 .40 caliber handgun with an extended magazine. There were 20 bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber.

            At the time of his arrest, Arrington was on federal supervised release following his release from prison three months earlier for trafficking hundreds of grams of heroin. That case involved an FBI drug trafficking investigation that began in the Barnaby Terrace area and extended into Maryland. Arrington was one of 16 people to plead guilty in the investigation.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Liu and Chief Newsham commended the work of the MPD officers who investigated the case. They also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, including Legal Assistant Emma Atlas and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gregory Rosen and Christopher Macchiaroli, who investigated and prosecuted the matter.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 
19-6
Updated February 1, 2019