WA: Covington felon caught luring bear faces hard time
Covington felon caught luring bear faces hard time
Man sentenced to 5-year prison term
May 6, 2011
UPDATE: U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez on Friday morning
sentenced Ajan Escudero to five years in prison. Martinez noted that
Escudero's "love of guns overcomes everything in his life. ... (He) has not
learned that he can have nothing to do with weapons."
What began as an attempt to poach a bear will likely end with a Covington
man – a convicted felon with a burgeoning gun collection – residing in
State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers arrested Ajan Escudero and
two other men in December following reports that someone was hunting out of
season near Tahoma National Cemetery, located in unincorporated King County
Had he not been previously convicted of counterfeiting and, afterward,
gun possession, Escudero, 31, would have likely been fined and sent on his
way after he was caught attempting to lure a bear near Tahoma National
Instead, officers arrested him and, in a search of his bedroom, found
3,600 rounds of ammunition, several large capacity magazines and nine guns.
Also found were several police patches, a set of body armor and a Kevlar
Portrayed by federal prosecutors as a flagrant violator of firearms laws
– he has two juvenile firearms law violations, and was convicted of gun
possession again in 2003 – Escudero described himself to the court as a
country boy who simply enjoyed hunting and didn’t realize the consequences
of his crime.
“I told myself it was a victimless crime since I wasn’t out selling
drugs, robbing people or doing drivebys,” Escudero told the court. “I
honestly viewed myself as a patriot that would defend and or provide from my
family and country.
As a juvenile, Hobbs noted, Escudero was cited for bringing a firearm
onto school grounds and for unlawful gun possession. At age 20, he was
caught selling counterfeit currency and subsequently convicted in federal
In 2002, Escudero was again caught with a gun, as well as a scale and a
small amount of marijuana. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail following a
state conviction in the case, as well as a year in prison for violating
conditions of his parole related to the counterfeiting case.
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