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Felon Sentenced to 7+ Years in Prison for Possessing Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington
Assaulted Girlfriend’s Son and Mother while Armed

          A 33-year-old Federal Way man was sentenced Friday April 8, 2016 to 90 months in prison and three years of supervised release for two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  ROBBY LEE ROBINSON, was convicted following a bench trial on January 6, 2016.  At trial prosecutors presented evidence that in October 2013, ROBINSON had assaulted a 15-year-old boy, pointing a rifle at him and the next day had threatened the boy’s grandmother while armed with a handgun.  At sentencing U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman said ROBINSON created “an extraordinarily dangerous situation… where a teenage boy has a gun pointed at him.”

            According to records filed in the case, on October 29, 2013, ROBINSON’s girlfriend made a frantic call to 9-1-1 reporting that ROBINSON was assaulting her son and mother.  ROBINSON had attacked the grandmother first pinning her against an exterior wall and threatening her with a rifle.  When her 15-year-old grandson came to her aid, ROBINSON punched him, threw him down concrete stairs and pointed the rifle at him.  The boy and his grandmother were able to get into the house and lock the door, keeping ROBINSON out.  ROBINSON fled the scene before police arrived.  The next day police were called again when the grandmother reported that ROBINSON had called the home and was threatening to burn the house down.  ROBINSON was spotted in a car in the neighborhood, and using pepper spray, police were able to get him out of the car and into custody.  Inside the car police found a Ruger, Model Super BlackHawk, .44 Magnum revolver.

            ROBINSON has a lengthy criminal history including convictions for Domestic Violence Assault (2003), Violation of a No Contact Order (2004), Possession of Methamphetamine (2007) and Second Degree Assault (2008).  He is prohibited from possessing firearms.

            The case was investigated by the Federal Way Police Department and was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Stephen Hobbs and Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Manheim.  Mr. Hobbs is a Senior Deputy King County Prosecutor specially designated to prosecute firearms cases in federal court.

Updated April 11, 2016

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