Billy Chambers, one of the people found guilty of killing the Tuba Man Ed McMichael in 2008, pleaded guilty to ramming a woman’s car at 23rd and Jackson in 2011. Now, he could be headed back to prison on gun charges.
On Friday, Chambers graduated to a new level of trouble – and is a facing serious prison time – after being charged in U.S. District Court with being a felon in possession of a firearm, which carries a 10-year prison sentence and up to five years of supervised release when he gets out.
Chambers was targeted by a cross-designated state-federal prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Hobbs, who reviews every firearms arrest in King County and determines which case should be taken into the federal system. The difference in sentences is stark: A state conviction for a felon being caught with a gun rarely exceeds three years, according to prosecutors.
The federal charge stems from Chambers’ arrest on Oct. 3. King County sheriff’s deputies stopped a car Chambers was driving near Southwest 150th Street and First Avenue South in Burien after someone reported that he and a companion had stolen items out of a vehicle, according to a probable-cause statement outlining the police case.
Deputies discovered an assault rifle in the trunk, the statement says.