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Yakima Felon Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Being an Armed Criminal

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A Yakima man will spend 15 years behind bars for being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. A Yakima man will spend 15 years behind bars for being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

SPOKANE, WA - A Yakima man will spend 15 years behind bars for being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

37-year-old Carl Eugene Gonderman was sentenced today in federal court. A judge sentenced Gonderman to a 15 year term of imprisonment pursuant to the Armed Career Criminal Act, and five years of a court supervision once he's released from federal prison.

According to court documents, on April 14, 2012, Yakima police officers tried to stop a pickup truck reported as stolen. The driver, Gonderman, then drove recklessly through city streets and residential areas at speeds up to 60 m.p.h., failed to stop for traffic signals, and at one point went airborne.

Officers stopped the pursuit due to the danger to the public, but a short time later, officers found the truck where it had crashed into a residential garage. Gonderman and his passenger ran off and left the vehicle, but were caught shortly after.

Officers discovered a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver on the driver's floorboard of the pickup. Gonderman was charged with being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Gonderman pleaded guilty to that crime on June 13, 2013.

At sentencing, the judge noted that Gonderman has roughly a dozen prior felony convictions. The Court ordered that Gonderman's sentence run concurrent to his related state convictions arising from the incident and that he receive credit for time spent in state custody.

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