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Muskegon man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

• Mar 28, 2018 at 8:11 PM

GRAND RAPIDS — Jim Lee Walker III of Muskegon was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for drug and firearm offenses, U.S. Attorney Andrew Byerly Birge announced Wednesday.

Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker also imposed a three-year term of supervised release that will commence once Walker, 26, is released from federal prison.

Walker pled guilty Nov. 1, 2017, to possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute and using and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. 

Walker came to the attention of the Muskegon Police Department in August 2017, when officers encountered him sitting in a vehicle packaging marijuana for sale. He was armed with a stolen, loaded 9-mm handgun and was in possession of a sizable stash of illegal drugs — including heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

Walker, who had previously been convicted of three felonies, fled from police but was quickly apprehended.

At the sentencing, Birge contended that “the seriousness and dangerousness of (Walker’s) conduct is amplified by his history of violence and drug trafficking.”

Walker has convictions in 2011 for delivery/manufacture of marijuana and assaulting a police officer. Then in 2013, while he was on probation for these offenses, he approached an occupied home carrying a handgun, confronted a resident and fired four shots into the front of the home, which resulted in his being convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon.

In 2016, while he was on parole, Walker was again involved in a shooting incident. Shortly after his release from prison in June 2017, he started using cocaine. A month later, he pointed a 9-mm handgun at the head of a man seated in an automobile, and shortly thereafter he committed the crimes that brought him before the federal court for sentencing.

“Walker’s sentence sends a clear message that drug trafficking and firearm offenses will be not be tolerated,” Birge said. “My office and our federal, state and local law enforcement partners will aggressively prosecute these cases to help make Muskegon a safer place.”

The charges in this case are the result of a joint investigation by the Muskegon City Police Department, the Michigan State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean M. Lewis prosecuted the case.

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