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Pierce County armed criminal off to federal prison for 20 years

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Dec. 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm with 5 Comments »
December 29, 2011 4:24 pm

A Pierce County man today was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison  after being convicted of being an armed career criminal, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.

A jury in September convicted Dana Leon Brooks, 38, of being an armed career criminal in possession of a stolen gun.

Lakewood police arrested Brooks in June 2010 following a high-speed chase through a residential part of the city, according to a news release. He was carrying a loaded handgun at the time. The gun had been reported stolen.

Brooks, who had previous felony convictions for drug trafficking and burglary, was prohibited from possessing a gun.

Federal prosecutors told U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton that Brooks put civilians and law enforcement officers in danger by trying to elude police.

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  1. gonefishin69690 says:

    Enjoy your stay dirtbag, oh, and don’t drop the soap.

  2. I noticed the wording was,sentenced to 20 years in prison,But if things go as they usually do,expect him to be out in less than 10 years.Too often these articles tell you what the worst case scenero would be and say nothing about the chance that the prisoner could be out in a lot less time than what the sentence was for.You know the old story,He went to classes,didn’t break too many rules and convinced the liberals on the Parole Board he would be a good boy and would behave himself forever more.My take is when he is Rearrested again,the sentence would be served in its entirety with no time off for any reason.

  3. rgardner says:

    Why is this a Federal case? Across state lines? Commerce Clause? On a military base or National Park? Friends with Pierce County Prosecutor Lindquist? No to all, so why was this prosecuted in the US District Court?

  4. WONDERDOG24 says:

    In the Federal system you only get 51 days of good time a year….He will do 16+ years

  5. Federal inmates may earn up to 54 days per year in good time credit. Dana would have spent just over 17 years in federal custody but I was able to successfully argue his case in front of the US Supreme Court and his sentence was reduced to 7 years on remand. Federal jurisdiction is granted in what should otherwise be a state matter through the Commerce Clause. I personally know Dana to be a good person that made some poor choices. He used the nearly seven years spent in custody to better himself and he deserves the second chance he has been given.

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