Seattle Gang Member Gets Almost 8 Years in Prison for being Felon in Possession of a Firearm
September 13, 2017
(SEATTLE, WA.) -- A long-time member of a south Seattle street gang was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 92 months in prison, and three years of supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes of the western district of Washington.
Samuel N. Rezene, 30, "Denies his gang membership, but has a lengthy criminal history involving drug trafficking, promoting prostitution and firearms," said the announcement from Hayes' office.
Rezene was himself the target of multiple shooting incidents including one in February 2012, when his then girlfriend was shot and killed while riding in the car Rezene was driving.
At the sentencing hearing Tuesday U.S. District Judge James L. Robart said whether or not Rezene is a gang member, “He has chosen a life of crime and has been involved in multiple dangerous situations.”
"Today, the violence that has surrounded this defendant for more than five years comes to an end,” said U.S. Attorney Hayes. “Law enforcement has traced numerous drive-by shootings – one of them deadly – to the violence this defendant embraced. By sending this defendant to prison for illegally possessing firearms, the community will be protected from further violence and the devastation that always follows in its wake.”
According to records filed in the case, in 2011 and 2013, Rezene and one or more associates were involved in two different drug robberies of rival gangsters. In retaliation for these robberies, Rezene, his home and vehicles were repeatedly the targets of drive-by shootings and in retaliation, Rezene's associates shot up a business associated with the rival gang.
On May 15, 2014, Rezene was shot multiple times while at a gas station in Renton. He grabbed a gun from the center console of his car and attempted to return fire, and then collapsed. Rezene was taken to Harborview Medical Center and survived the shooting. His assailant has never been found.
The case was investigated by the Renton Police Department