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May 20, 2014 at 1:32 PM

2 arrested after drive-by shooting in Rainier Beach

Seattle police early this morning arrested two men suspected of a drive-by shooting in Rainier Beach. The shooting was reported just after 11 p.m. when two homes and a parked car were hit by gunfire in the 9800 block of 57th Avenue South, police said. Responding officers found .45-caliber casings at the scene. Later in the evening, a man called…

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April 30, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Police seize cache of weapons, heroin from Magnolia home

Seattle police seized a cache of firearms and arrested a 34-year-old man who was allegedly selling the weapons and heroin from a home in Magnolia. On Saturday, police received a tip that a 26-year-old man — who lives with his parents in the home – and a friend had an “arsenal” of firearms in the basement of the home in…

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September 17, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Tukwila brothers plead guilty to federal firearms and drug charges

Brothers Jamaal “JJ” Bomber and Frederick Bomber pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle to drugs and firearms charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Jamaal Bomber, 30, pleaded guilty to  possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and sex trafficking of a child. Frederick Bomber, 31, pleaded guilty to being a felon…

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May 31, 2013 at 9:26 AM

‘Tuba Man’ killer gets 6 years in prison for firearms charge

Billy Chambers, who as a teenager was involved in the beating death of Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael, was sentenced this morning to six years in federal prison for an unrelated firearms charge. Chambers, who pleaded guilty in March to a federal count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, will also face three years of supervised release when…

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March 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM

‘Tuba Man’ killer pleads guilty to federal firearms charge

Billy Chambers, who as a teenager was convicted of the beating death of Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael, has agreed to a plea deal in an unrelated case that will put him in federal prison for six years after being caught in possession of a firearm.

Chambers, 20, was caught last October driving a car that was reportedly involved in a vehicle burglary. Police found a Bushmaster AR-15  assault-style rifle in the trunk of the car. Court documents say that rifle was reported stolen in a residential burglary in 2010.

Chambers later told police that he had agreed to drive two friends to a “house where they ‘sell guns’” so his friends could steal firearms.

Under federal firearms law, Chambers — as a convicted felon — was not allowed to be in the vicinity of weapons. Merely being in the car  with the rifle put him in what the law calls “constructive possession” of the weapon.

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December 7, 2012 at 12:34 PM

‘Tuba Man’ killer facing lengthy prison term in federal gun case

The last time 19-year-old Billy Chambers went to prison, he served roughly two-thirds of a 22-month sentence for ramming a woman’s car. It was just the latest in a string of revolving-door trips in and out of detention, jail and finally state prison for Chambers, who has a long criminal history, but is perhaps best known…

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