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Toppenish gang member sentenced to over 14 years in prison

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SPOKANE, WA - 24-year-old Angel Abel Campos of Toppenish was sentenced today to being a felon in possession of a firearm and participating in the discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence. United States Senior District Judge Lonny R. Suko sentenced Campos to a 172-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 5-year term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison. Campos is also ordered to pay $16,000 restitution to the victims.

According to court documents, on January 17, 2017, a man and woman, who happened to be wearing the color red, were walking in the Yakamart parking lot in Toppenish. A man approached and asked "what do you bang?" The two pedestrians replied they were not gang members, left the Yakamart parking lot, and walked to a McDonald's restaurant. 

Campos, who was driving a blue Mercury Mountaineer, drove another man around Toppenish until they spotted the two pedestrians. Campos slowed the car, turned off his headlights, and pivoted his vehicle toward them. Several gunshots were fired at the two pedestrians. Both victims suffered gunshot wounds, and were unable to identify the persons involved in the shooting.

The Toppenish Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation began an investigation. Law enforcement officers developed leads from surveillance footage recovered from the Yakamart and McDonald's restaurant.

On March 21, 2017, members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Taskforce arrested Campos due to an outstanding warrant. Inside a blue Mercury Mountaineer, the officers observed an assault rifle and high capacity magazine. The assault rifle was not utilized in the January 17 incident.

Campos is a documented Sureno gang member and has a lengthy criminal history. As an adult, Campos has been convicted of attempting to elude a police officer, second degree assault, fourth degree assault, second degree possession of a firearm, and bail jumping.

United States Attorney Joseph. H. Harrington said, "The sentence imposed sends a strong message to gang members that their actions will not be tolerated. These cases are an example of the superb work that can be accomplished when federal, tribal, and local law enforcement work together. The United States Attorney's Office will continue to prosecute violent crimes that occur in the Eastern District of Washington."

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