Vancouver felon who had firearm convicted

By Stephanie Rice, Columbian Vancouver city government reporter

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A Vancouver man was convicted Feb. 12 in federal court of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Carlos Carmona-Gonzalez, 23, faces up to 10 years in prison. He’s slated to be sentenced May 23 by U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan’s office.

Carmona-Gonzalez, a “prominent member” of the Surenos gang, was seen by police officers in July placing a rifle wrapped in a jacket in a friend’s car, according to the press release.

He cannot possess firearms because he has felony convictions for drug possession, assault, attempted assault and escape.

Durkan has made illegal weapons possession a priority, according to the Wednesday news release.