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Tukwila brothers face prison on drug, guns, prostitution indictments
Two Tukwila brothers, who were indicted earlier this year for illegal weapons possession, have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.
Jamaal Johnathan Bomber, 30, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and sex trafficking of a child. Frederick N. Bomber, 31, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Frederick Bomber faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Zilly, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Under the terms of the plea agreement for Jamaal Bomber, prosecutors and the defense must recommend between 15 and 20 years in prison when he is sentenced, according to the news release.
Both men will be sentenced by Judge Zilly on Dec. 19.
According to records filed in the case, both men made sales of weapons or drugs to an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). In April 2013, Frederick Bomber sold the agent a Browning .30-06 caliber rifle. Frederick Bomber was prohibited from possessing the rifle because of prior convictions for drug offenses (2003, 2006) and bail jumping (2006), according to the news release.
According to his plea agreement, Jamaal Bomber sold crack cocaine to an ATF undercover officer on three occasions in April and May 2013. He also offered the undercover officer prostitutes, and on June 14, he had five women go to a hotel room in Tukwila specified by the undercover officer. The women were detained by police.
One woman, from Renton, was just 16-years-old. Jamaal Bomber assisted the woman in working as a prostitute in Tukwila along Tukwila International Boulevard and obtained the profits from the juvenile’s sex acts, according to the news release. He posted pictures as advertisements for commercial sex acts on backpage.com and other sites, and transported the juvenile to locations for sex acts, according to the news release.
On the same day that the four women were detained by police, a search of Jamaal Bomber's hotel room and car turned up crack cocaine as well as a 12-gauge shotgun which he possessed to protect his drugs, the drug proceeds and himself, according to the news release.
Prosecutors will recommend not more than 20 years, and defense attorneys can recommend no less than 15 years for Jamaal Bomber. However, Judge Zilly is not bound by the recommendations and can impose any sentence allowed by law up to the maximum of life in prison, according to the news release.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), the Seattle Police Department (SPD), and the Tukwila Police Department (TPD). The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Todd Greenberg.
Tukwila Reporter Editor Dean A. Radford contributed to this report.