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United States v. Cantowine

United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle

January 17, 2014

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
ALEXANDER MYLES CANTOWINE, Defendant.

DETENTION ORDER

JOHN L. WEINBERG, Magistrate Judge.

Offense charged:

Felon in Possession of Firearm

Date of Detention Hearing: January 17, 2014

The court, having conducted a detention hearing pursuant to 18 U.S.C. ยง 3142(f), and based upon the factual findings and statement of reasons for detention hereafter set forth, finds that no condition or combination of conditions which defendant can meet will reasonably assure the appearance of defendant as required and the safety of any other person and the community.

FINDINGS OF FACT AND STATEMENT OF REASONS FOR DETENTION

(1) The Complaint alleges facts to support the charge that defendant advertised online to sell two firearms, a rifle and a pistol, and then sold them to an undercover federal law enforcement officer. In the negotiations, defendant suggested he had dealt in other firearms in the past, and might have more available in the future.
(2) Defendant was later arrested by Pierce County authorities on charges involving multiple firearms.
(3) Defendant was released on bond in the Pierce County case, and failed to make at least one court appearance, leading to the issuance of a bench warrant.
(4) After the firearms sale, federal law enforcement officers tried to contact defendant, but without success, over a an extended period of time.
(5) Defendant's juvenile history includes these convictions: Rape of a Child in the First degree; failure to register as a sex offender; two controlled substances violations; and a dangerous weapons violation.
(6) He has a very sporadic employment history. He has been fired from various short-term jobs, and now mows lawns, in the employ of his father.
(7) He is married with two small children, but is in the process of a divorce. The Family Court did not see fit to grant custody to either parent, and instead placed both children with defendant's parents.
(8) He asserts he lives with his parents, his two children, and his girlfriend. The Pretrial Services Officer expresses concern about the safety of the children, in light of defendant's prior conviction for rape of a child. In addition, Pretrial Services ...

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