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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 13, 2015

Felon Sentenced to Seventeen Years in Federal Prison for Possessing a Firearm

          GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Jamar Alonzo Quarles, 34, was sentenced today to seventeen years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. announced. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker ordered Quarles to pay $2,500 in fines, and Judge Jonker imposed a five -year term of supervised release that will commence once Quarles is released from imprisonment.

          Quarles pleaded guilty on September 9, 2014. The facts underlying his conviction were outlined in the government’s sentencing memorandum. On April 24, 2013, Quarles was released on parole in connection with a prior conviction for firing multiple rounds at another person. Thereafter, he acquired a pistol. On August 22, 2013, he menaced an ex-girlfriend with a “gun.” On or about August 24, 2013, Quarles became involved in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. He prevented her from leaving his vehicle and then brought her to his home. He then prevented her from leaving his home, pointed a handgun at her head, and threatened to kill her. His girlfriend was ultimately able to escape and called the police. She directed police back to the defendant’s home, where they found the handgun, which had six rounds of ammunition in the magazine.

          Quarles received a lengthy sentence because he was eligible for increased penalties under the Armed Career Criminal Act (“ACCA”). Under federal law, a person who possesses a firearm after sustaining at least three previous felony convictions of a certain type and severity must be sentenced to at least fifteen years in prison. Quarles’s prior convictions included incidents involving assault, battery, home-invasion, and firearms. In imposing sentence, Judge Jonker noted that Quarles was a model candidate for the increased penalties under the ACCA.

          The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean M. Lewis and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Maltbie prosecuted the case.

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Updated January 8, 2016