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Spokane Man Sentenced to 60 Months in Federal Prison for Possessing Firearm and Ammunition

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

Spokane – Joseph H. Harrington, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Cody P. Kiehn, age 35, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced today for being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. United States District Judge Rosanna Malouf Petersen sentenced Kiehn to a 60-month term of imprisonment and a three-year term of court supervision following release from Federal prison.

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, a Spokane Police Department Officer initiated a traffic stop on Kiehn for negligent driving and failure to yield. During the stop, the officer noticed a loose round of .45 caliber ammunition near Kiehn’s left foot, and Kiehn admitted possessing a firearm and being a previously convicted felon. Kiehn told the officer that he was a “Sureno” gang member and he possessed the firearm for protection from rival gang members because he had spray-painted over a rival gang’s markings. After obtaining Kiehn’s consent to search his vehicle, the officer found an unloaded .45 caliber Sig Sauer, model P220, semi-automatic pistol and magazine containing six rounds of .45 caliber ammunition. Kiehn was charged with being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and he pleaded guilty to that crime on May 9, 2017.

Joseph H. Harrington said, “Prosecuting firearms-related crimes continues to be a priority for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington. Previously convicted felons should be aware that there are serious criminal penalties connected with possessing a firearm and ammunition and that this Office is committed to prosecuting aggressively firearm-related cases in the Eastern District of Washington.”

This case was investigated by the Spokane Police Department PACT and the Spokane Resident Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by George J.C. Jacobs, III and Patrick J. Cashman, Assistant United States Attorneys for the Eastern District of Washington.

Updated August 11, 2017

Press Release Number: 16-CR-00216-RMP