Monday, August 30, 2010

Kitsap County Repeat Offender Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Gun Crimes

For Immediate Release

August 24, 2010
Jenny A. Durkan, United States Attorney
Contact: Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer

Bremerton Felon Found With Stolen Gun Hidden in Engine Compartment

DAVID GLENN HARRISON, 27, of Bremerton, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to five years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. HARRISON was arrested in June 2009 and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. HARRISON was linked to a series of burglaries in Kitsap County where guns, electronics, jewelry and other valuables were stolen. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle said, “You have been a recipient of substantial leniency in the past; it was striking to see how often you were able to persuade a judge that you were turning your life around.” The judge went on to say, “I want to impose a sentence that protects the public, that deters you from further crime, and that gives you a chance to prove yourself.”

According to records filed in the case, HARRISON has criminal convictions dating back to 1997. As an adult, he has three felony convictions. On November 16, 2001, he was convicted in King County Superior Court for malicious placement of an explosive. He was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment. In 2005, he was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm, and was convicted federally of being a felon in possession of a firearm. HARRISON was arrested in June 2009, after law enforcement officers received information that he had a gun hidden under the hood of his vehicle. A court authorized search of the vehicle revealed a stolen hand gun in a battery box under the hood.

Even while HARRISON was on federal supervision following his release from prison, he was committing crimes. As Assistant United States Attorney Marc Perez wrote in his sentencing memorandum, “Even though he was on federal supervision during this period, Harrison remained undeterred. He burglarized homes, kept certain stolen items for his own use, and peddled other stolen goods, including firearms, to his criminal cohorts.”

HARRISON was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Unveiled in May 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), is a comprehensive and strategic approach to gun law enforcement. PSN is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking both new and existing local programs that target gun crime and then providing them with the resources and tools they need to succeed. Implementation at the local level -- in this case, in Kitsap County-- has fostered close partnerships between federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marc Perez.

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