Seattle – A 34-year-old Snohomish County man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 8 years in prison and three years of supervised release for persistently dealing drugs while armed, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman. Jade Alexander Beavin was caught three different times, twice with distribution amounts of narcotics while also carrying firearms. Beavin is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a lengthy criminal history. At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones said, “It is an extremely dangerous circumstance when dealing that drug (fentanyl)with a firearm, because the gun is only there to protect you or protect the drugs.”
According to records filed in the case, Beavin was arrested by law enforcement officers ten times between 2020 and 2022. The sentence imposed today references three specific incidents:
Beavin is prohibited from possessing firearms due to multiple previous convictions: Residential Burglary, Second Degree Taking a Motor Vehicle Without Permission, and Bail Jumping, all in Snohomish County in 2018.
In asking for an eight-year prison sentence, Assistant United States Attorney Cecelia Gregson wrote to the court, “The defendant’s prior encounters with the criminal system also failed to deter or dissuade him from selling drugs and carrying firearms. A review of the defendant’s criminal history establishes that from the age of eighteen, the defendant has been in a revolving door of crime commission to prison admission.”
Speaking to the court, Beavin said, “I’ve struggled with addiction for the last ten years of my life… I made excuses and that is what I think addiction does to you – it takes away accountability…. Please help me.”
Judge Jones recommended drug treatment while incarcerated and ordered treatment as part of Beavin’s supervised release saying, “You have to make an affirmative decision that you want to change your life… Every day you need to get up and commit yourself to saying, ‘I need to make a change.’”
The case was investigated by the Everett Police Department with assistance from the FBI.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Cecelia Gregson.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Communications Director Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@usdoj.gov.