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Gang Associate Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison in Federal Gun Case Defendant, an Unthank Park Hustler Associate, Pled Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 06, 2010
  • District of Oregon (503) 727-1000

PORTLAND, OR—Today U.S. District Judge Garr M. King sentenced Jaime Lee Michael Sims, 30, of Portland, Oregon to serve 70 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Upon his release from prison, he will also be required to serve three years of supervised release.

On April 29, 2009, the defendant sold a .22 caliber handgun, 18 rounds of ammunition, and a quantity of cocaine to a government informant. The defendant, a felon, had prior convictions for attempted assault in the first degree, unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, and delivery of cocaine. The attempted assault in the first degree and unlawful use of a weapon convictions arose out of a 2001 gang related shooting in which the defendant, an Unthank Park Hustler, shot up a house that was occupied by a rival gang member, his wife, and five children.

In imposing the 70-month prison sentence sought by the government, Judge King directly addressed the defendant and told him that “[t]his is really one of those cases where the court has to think about protection of the public...when you walk into court with this gun and drug activity, you can expect to go to prison for a long time...the public requires protection from you, given your history.”

This investigation was part of the Metro Gang Task Force’s Operation Gang Strike. The Metro Gang Task Force is comprised of the United States Attorney’s Office; the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office; the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office; the Washington County District Attorney’s Office; and, law enforcement officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police Department, Milwaukie Police Department, Beaverton Police Department, Tigard Police Department, and the Hillsboro Police Department. Other agencies that substantially assisted in this investigation include the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Scott Kerin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Gang Unit.

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