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Spokane Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm

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

Spokane – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Kevin Robert Chastain, age 34, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced on January 7, 2014 after having previously pleaded guilty in September, 2013 to the charge of being a Previously Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm. United States District Court Judge Lonny R. Suko sentenced Chastain to a 41-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of court supervision after he is released from Federal prison.

According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, on April 2, 2012, Chastain was seen arguing with an unidentified man who had just struck Chastain. Witnesses called police upon seeing the altercation. During the argument, Chastain, a convicted felon, pulled a loaded, semi-automatic handgun. Deputies from Spokane County Sheriff's Office arrived shortly after the altercation began and Chastain ran. While running from police, Chastain tossed the loaded handgun away and also discarded a backpack, which contained magazines and ammunition. Chastain was thereafter arrested by Spokane County Deputies. Chastain has previous felony convictions for Residential Burglary, Trafficking in Stolen Property, Possession of Stolen Property, Attempted First Degree Theft, and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.

Michael C. Ormsby stated, "Persons prohibited from possessing firearms and/or ammunition take note: The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington is, and will continue to be, committed to prosecute aggressively prohibited persons who unlawfully possess firearms and/or ammunition in this District."

This investigation was conducted by Spokane County Sheriff's Office and ATF. The case was prosecuted by Rudy J. Verschoor, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.


Updated January 29, 2015