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October 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Owners of 2 Tukwila motels plead guilty to federal drug charges

Two owners and managers of crime-plagued Tukwila motels pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to maintain drug-involved premises, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In their plea agreements, Jaspal Singh, 37, and Kulwinder Saroya, 42, both of SeaTac, admitted they profited from drug dealing they allowed at the Travelers Choice Motel and Great Bear Motor Inn, the U.S. Attorney’s…

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October 21, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Felon sentenced to 28 years for attack on guard at SeaTac detention center

A federal felon who participated in a brutal attack on a corrections officer at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac was sentenced today to 28 years in prison Roy Fritts, 35 , is already serving a life without parole sentence in Wyoming for an attempted murder conviction.  U.S. District Judge James L. Robart today ordered that the…

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May 10, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Seattle men behind cyber-crime spree sentenced to prison

Two Seattle men at the heart of a cyber-crime spree that involved both high technology and broken glass and jimmied locks were given long prison terms today by a federal judge. The men, John Earl Griffin, 36, and Brad Eugene Lowe, 39, used a technology called “wardriving” in which they cruised around in a vehicle equipped…

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April 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Woman sentenced to 2 years for Mt. Rainier car prowls

A 25-year-old woman who stole backpacks, laptop computers, purses and wallets in more than a dozen car prowls at Mount Rainier National Park was sentenced this morning in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to two years in prison and ordered to pay $7,034 in restitution. Pamela N. Williams, of Tacoma, and co-defendant Matthew Mortinson broke into vehicles at Paul…

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March 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Firebomb maker gets 7 years for 2001 UW arson

Justin Solondz, 32, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to seven years in prison for his role in the 2001 arson at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture. Damage in the fire was estimated at more than $6 million. Solondz  pleaded guilty in December to charges of conspiracy and arson under…

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March 9, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Kirkland man pleads guilty in ATM 'skimming' scheme

The leader of an ATM “skimming” ring with ties to a Romanian organized crime ring pleaded guilty today in federal court in Seattle to bank fraud, conspiracy, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. Ismail Sali, 53, of Kirkland, entered the plea just days before his trial was to begin before U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik. Sali oversaw…

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March 9, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Kirkland man pleads guilty in ATM ‘skimming’ scheme

The leader of an ATM “skimming” ring with ties to a Romanian organized crime ring pleaded guilty today in federal court in Seattle to bank fraud, conspiracy, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. Ismail Sali, 53, of Kirkland, entered the plea just days before his trial was to begin before U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik. Sali oversaw…

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February 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Cousins convicted of stealing from Lowe's stores

Two cousins who led a scheme to steal $130,000 worth of items from Lowe’s home improvement stores in four Western states by smuggling them out in toilet or sink boxes were convicted today of 16 federal felonies following a six-day trial in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Jurors deliberated for about four hours before convicting Leonard Hollingsworth and…

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December 22, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Feds dismantle Whatcom County heroin, meth ring

A drug ring with alleged ties to a white supremacist prison gang has been busted up by state, federal and local law enforcement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said this morning. Twelve people have been charged federally, including alleged ringleader Todd Hamilton, 34, and his girlfriend, Denali Wood, 23, both of Bellingham, according to a news release from…

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December 20, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Alleged bombmaker pleads guilty to 2001 UW arson

The man accused of building the firebomb used by Earth Liberation Front radicals to torch the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture in 2001 pleaded guilty this morning in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. Justin Solondz, 32, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and arson under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, who agreed to recommend…

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