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Case Number: 2:19-cr-00149-RAJ
Judge: Richard A. Jones
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (King Couty)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Erin H. Becker
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Description: Seattle, WA - The United States of America charged Joey A. Maillet with:
Theft of Firearm from Federal Firearms Licensee - 18:922(u) and 924(i)(1)
The suspect in the theft of nearly 40 firearms from two different gun stores pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to two counts of theft of firearms from a federal firearms licensee, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. 39-year-old JOEY A. MAILLET faces up to ten years in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones on May 8, 2020.
In May 2019, MAILLET was identified as the suspect in the April 13, 2019, burglary of Fred’s Guns in Sequim, Clallam County, and in the May 3, 2019, burglary of All American Armory in Bow, Skagit County. According to records filed in the case, forensic evidence, including blood and fingerprints, as well as surveillance video, link MAILLET to the crimes. In Sequim, MAILLET used a backhoe to ram the doors of the store and then broke glass display cases to steal 26 firearms. MAILLET cut his arm on the glass case and left blood and fingerprints at that scene. At All American Armory in Bow, surveillance video showed MAILLET used a stolen pick-up truck to back into the doors of the store, shattering them. MAILLET then used a garbage can, stolen from the neighboring post office, to load up 13 rifles from the store and drove away with them in the stolen pick-up.
The pick-up truck was ultimately found abandoned in Birch Bay State Park in Whatcom County, Washington. Shattered glass was in the truck bed, as well as a stolen boat motor and battery. The truck was reported stolen from an agricultural operation not far from the Bow gun store, and the boat motor and battery were reported stolen by a resident of Ferndale, Washington.
On May 10, 2019, a Ferndale Police Officer encountered MAILLET and arrested him on an outstanding warrant for an Everett, Washington, burglary. After obtaining a court-authorized search warrant, investigators determined items in MAILLET’s backpack linked him to the thefts at the Bow gun store. Additionally, video from the boat motor and battery theft clearly showed MAILLET was the thief.
Four of the stolen firearms have been recovered. All were found in British Columbia, Canada, either at crime scenes or on criminal suspects.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, MAILLET is to pay restitution to both stores for the damages to the buildings and the value of the guns. MAILLET is also responsible for damages to the businesses from which he stole the truck and backhoe used in the burglaries. He also will pay restitution to the owner of the stolen boat motor and battery.
Prosecutors have agreed to recommend a sentence of no more than 6 years in prison. However, the ultimate sentence is up to the judge and could be up to the statutory maximum of 10 years in prison.
The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), with assistance from the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, Sequim Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Skagit County Sheriff’s Office, Ferndale Police Department, and Washington State Parks Rangers.
Outcome: 02/04/2020 21 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Hon. Mary Alice Theiler- CRD: K. Peter; AUSA: Erin Becker; Def Cnsl: Sara Brin; Court Reporter: Digital Recording; Time of Hearing: 10:30am; Courtroom: 12B; CHANGE OF PLEA HEARING as to Joey A Maillet held on 2/4/2020. Defendant present in custody. Defendant placed under oath and advised of rights/charges/penalties; Defendant executes Consent to Rule 11 Plea in a felony case before a U.S. Magistrate Judge; Defendant born = 1981; Education = 7 years; Court reviews the plea agreement; Joey A Maillet (1) pleads GUILTY to Count 1-2. Court finds the Defendant is competent to enter a guilty plea; Court signs the Report and Recommendation and Counsel have fourteen days to file objections; Court orders the preparation of a Presentence Report. Defendant remanded to custody.
Sentencing set for 5/8/2020 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 13106 before Judge Richard A. Jones. (KMP) (Entered: 02/04/2020)
02/04/2020 22 CONSENT TO RULE 11 PLEA in a felony case as to Joey A Maillet (KMP) (Entered: 02/04/2020)
02/04/2020 23 PLEA AGREEMENT as to Joey A Maillet (cc: USPO, FLU, AFU) (KMP) (Entered: 02/04/2020)
02/04/2020 24 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION re Plea of Guilty as to Joey A Maillet by Hon. Mary Alice Theiler. Noting Date 2/19/2020. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Acceptance of Plea)(cc: USPO) (KMP) (Entered: 02/04/2020)