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August 16, 2014 at 3:49 PM

After 30 felony convictions, judge sentences career criminal to 25 years

With more than 30 prior felony convictions spanning three decades, Tacoma resident and armed career criminal Kenneth Randle Door was sentenced Friday by a U.S. District Court judge to 25 years in prison.

In 2011, Door, who was still on community supervision from a state conviction, was arrested and law enforcement discovered two firearms, two bullet-proof vests and an explosive device in his Tacoma home. After a four-day trial in March, Door was found guilty of illegal possession of firearms, explosives and ballistic vests, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“For the last 30 years, this defendant has been on a continuous and relentless quest to wreak havoc on others and his community,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. “He has left countless victims in his wake. Dozens of convictions and criminal sentences for burglary, theft, assault, harassment, high-speed car chases, unlawful firearms possession and more have failed to deter him from unlawful behavior. This lengthy sentence is needed to protect the public.”

At the sentencing, Judge Ronald Leighton called Door “quintessentially evil.”

Door, 44, will also be sentenced in September for a separate criminal scheme involving tax fraud he committed while in the Washington State Penitentiary at Walla Walla. According the U.S. Attorney’s Office press  release, Door filed fake tax returns using the names and Social Security numbers of inmates to claim fraudulent tax refunds, creating fake W-2 forms from companies that had declared bankruptcy or recently closed.

He and co-conspirators filed 31 false tax returns, seeking more than $145,000 in refunds and receiving nearly $72,000.

His co-conspirators have been sentenced to terms ranging from eight months to 33 months in prison.

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