REPORT FROM THE US ATTORNEY – LARRY LEE, 62, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison today for possessing a federal agent’s stolen firearm from December 27, 2010, to January 25, 2011. On November 16, 2012, a federal jury returned verdicts finding LEE guilty of possession of a stolen firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(j)(Count 2); receiving, concealing, or retaining stolen government property, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 641 and 2(Count 4); and felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)(Count 5).
According to information produced at trial, on December 27, 2010, LEE received stolen government property, including a federal agent’s firearm and tactical equipment, from another individual in exchange for $400 in cash. The individuals responsible for stealing the federal agent’s firearm and tactical equipment pled guilty to their respective criminal charges in both State and Federal court. On January 25, 2011, law enforcement officers and agents recovered almost all of the stolen items, including the stolen firearm, from a van owned by LEE, which was parked outside of LEE’s Waikiki apartment.
In pronouncing sentence, U.S. District J. Michael Seabright commented that LEE was a “career criminal” who had spent much of his “life committing crime.” Upon LEE’s release from prison, Judge Seabright ordered that LEE serve a five-year term of supervised release.
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Honolulu Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Nammar and Thomas Brady.