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Auburn ‘career criminal’ off to federal prison

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on April 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
April 1, 2013 3:47 pm
A 35-year-old Auburn man who a federal judge said has a “flagrant disregard for the law” was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for drug and weapons crimes.
Judge James L. Robart handed down the sentenced to Michael Paul Gradney at the U.S. District Courthouse in Seattle.
A federal jury in December convicted Michael Paul Gradney of being an armed career criminal in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, and possession of and distribution of cocaine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle reported.
Court records show Gradney sold cocaine to federal informants on two different occasions in September 2011 in the White Center neighborhood of King County. Authorities who later searched his residence found two handguns, ammunition, $25,000 in cash, cocaine and drug paraphernalia, the records show.
Gradney, who had five prior felony convictions for drug offenses, is prohibited from possessing firearms.
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