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Two men indicted for deadly marijuana deal in Federal Way
Two south King County men on opposite sides of a deadly drug deal in Federal Way were recently indicted by a federal grand jury in Seattle.
Federal Way resident Lenny Brikn, Jr., 19, was charged with five federal felonies in connection with the Oct. 17, 2013 incident when his 19-year-old brother was shot killed.
Those charges include conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted robbery, attempted possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and a drug trafficking crime and possession of a stolen firearm.
David Ross, 35, of Renton was charged with three federal felonies: conspiracy to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and unlawful possession of a firearm.
According to the records filed in King County Superior Court as well as the indictment, Ross and an associate arrived at a Federal Way apartment complex to sell marijuana to two men – Brikn and his brother, Deshawn Boykin.
Ross was armed with a gun, despite having two previous felony drug convictions that prohibit him from possessing a firearm. Brikn and Boykin drew “Mac 10” style semi-automatic pistols, ordered Ross and his associate to lie on the ground, and attempted to rob them of the marijuana they brought to the drug deal, according to the indictment. The brothers ultimately ran away, and Ross drew his gun and fired multiple times at the fleeing men. Boykin was hit twice and died of his wounds at St. Francis Medical Center.
Ross was originally charged in King County Superior Court. Brikn was charged in King County Superior Court with an unrelated robbery on Dec. 23 2013, when he allegedly assaulted an elderly gas station clerk over a dispute about $7 Brikn claimed the man owed him, court documents state.
Both men will be brought to U.S. District Court in Seattle for arraignment later this month.
Ross is charged with discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, which carries a mandatory minimum ten year sentence in addition to any other sentence imposed in the case. Brikn is charged with brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and a drug trafficking crime, which carries a mandatory minimum seven year sentence in addition to any other sentence imposed in the case.
“This case is a clear reminder that drugs and guns are a deadly mix and an appropriate target for federal prosecution,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. “The violent conduct in this case could have resulted in injuries or death to innocent bystanders. Working closely with the King County Prosecutor’s Office, we determined federal laws are the best tool to hold these men accountable.”
The case was investigated by the Federal Way Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Todd Greenberg.