Grand Rapids, Michigan – January 6, 2017 – U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles announced that 43-year-old Khamdeng Sam Phanthourath, of Holland, was sentenced recently to 68 months in prison, following his conviction for possessing firearms and ammunition as a felon. He also received a $1,500 fine. A three – year term of supervised release will follow Phanthourath’s prison term.
The U.S. Attorney brought charges against Phanthourath after the West Michigan Enforcement Team (WEMET) executed a search warrant at his home on June 15, 2016. At the sentencing hearing before Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker, the U.S. Attorney’s Office introduced evidence that investigating officers found 26 firearms, muzzle loader guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, a homemade silencer, body armor, marijuana, more than 800 pills (including narcotics, suboxone, and methylphenidate), more than $9,000 cash, and a police scanner set to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Frequency. The Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) determined that at least one of the firearms was stolen. Phanthourath had previously been convicted of, among other things, breaking and entering a building with intent and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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