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Federal case against accused Tacoma gang member dismissed

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Oct. 22, 2010 at 11:37 am with 12 Comments »
October 22, 2010 11:50 am

The federal case has been dismissed against one of the men accused in a large-scale crackdown on alleged members of a Tacoma street gang.

James R. Henry Jr., 30, had been charged in federal court as an “armed career criminal” with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, law enforcement officers found a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol in February in his Tacoma home during a search. Henry has been convicted of four previous felonies and is forbidden from possessing a gun.

Earlier this month, Henry’s attorney challenged the search warrant used to find the evidence against Henry.

U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton agreed the search warrant and the declaration in support of it were inadequate, Henry’s attorney, Tom Cena, said. Leighton issued a ruling, suppressing the evidence earlier this month.

Leighton dismissed the count against Henry on Thursday and Henry was released from custody.

“It’s a very good outcome for him,” Cena said today.

Pierce County prosecutors are weighing their options against Henry.

“It is our goal to hold all of these gang members and associates accountable,” deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen said.

Henry was one of 36 alleged members of the Hilltop Crips charged in February with a series of crimes after a law enforcement crackdown against the gang. He originally faced one count of criminal conspiracy in Pierce County Superior Court but the charge was dismissed and his case transferred to federal court.

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  1. imissmymother1 says:

    just what I like to hear, did costello’s cops not get away with this one ha ha

  2. Which just goes to show the Feds aren’t really serious about prosecuting violations of federal gun laws, primarily those barring felons from owning or possessing firearms, or making sure they know how to make a case in the first place. How much you want to bet this hood has a gun within 24 hours of his release, courtesy of all his ‘homies’ and family support groups.

  3. omega629 says:

    Get rid of these gang members… i dont care how. They are a disease.

  4. It’s too bad that such a great city is spoiled by things like this.

  5. dalonso62 says:

    Just a matter of time before he breaks the law again. And he will be back in jail.

  6. I guess Strickland will be out celebrating tonight.

  7. drxtreme says:

    Once again the courts support the law-breakers and punish the law-observers….

    What a sick society we live in, and to make it worse – every election there is NEVER a choice to elect someone new as the only person running is the “Good ol’ Boy (*or girl)” who holds the office already….Woopy, nice to have a frackin choice huh!!!!!!

  8. imissmymother1 says:

    drxtreme what are you talking about. The cops never observe the law, they believe they are untouchable. this time it didnt work the cops lost HA HA there needs to be more judges who are like this judge I would vote for him.

  9. Novelist3 says:

    I just hope when this evil man goes out and murders someone, that Ronald Leighton gets it shoved it his face and has to live with that for the rest of his miserable life. Shame on you, Ronald Leighton- you are the reason why we get career criminals like Maurice Clemmons. People just like you.

  10. thucydides says:

    Don’t be ignorant. It’s the cop’s fault for bungling the search, not the judge’s fault for saying they bungled it.

  11. sandiburner says:

    It was me who was charged & beat the federal case & leighton wasn’t wrong & I don’t say that cause I have my freedom. If you take a second & look at the law you will clearly see that the cops broke the law in the process of getting the search warrant application there by making grounds to challenge the search in its entirety……thank you for being critics, & for the record the guns were never mines to begin with. My wife has a permit for her own protection. Not me

  12. sandiburner says:

    Do something like offer me a job so I can support my family instaed of assuming I’m committing a crime or poss a gun to do so. Once you do that give me the chance to talk about me, or write a article about that.

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