Longview Defendant Returning to Prison, Possessed Three Firearms After Release from Prison

LONGVIEW, Wash. - Galen Joseph Trigg, 37, of Longview, Washington, was sentenced today in U. S. District Court in Tacoma to seven years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. This is the second time in five years that TRIGG has been sentenced for being a felon in possession of a firearm. TRIGG was first arrested in August 2004, and pleaded guilty to being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm in March 2005. In early 2006, TRIGG was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison. In October 2008, just months after his release from prison, TRIGG was arrested in Woodland, Washington, with three handguns. At today’s hearing U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle ordered TRIGG back to prison saying that for reasons of community safety he was imposing 72 months in prison on the new felon in possession crime, with an additional year in prison for violating the terms of his probation on the earlier crime. Judge Settle noted that there is an increased chance that someone will get hurt or be killed when felons carry guns.