After three hours of deliberation, a Jefferson County Jury convicts for unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree. Court records show that on February 16, 2021, shortly after 9 pm, then Deputy Brian Anderson (Anderson has now been assigned to detective) stopped a GMC Yukon for a failure to transfer title. Detective Anderson contacted the driver who identified himself as Siaumau Auseuga, of Pierce County. Detective Anderson confirmed that vehicle was not properly registered and that Mr. Auseuga was driving on a suspended driver’s license. The Defendant admitted he was a convicted felon who was on community custody with the Department of Corrections. Detective Anderson arrested the Defendant and found two mismatched 9 mm rounds in his pocket. After placing the Defendant in the back of his patrol car, Deputy Anderson looked through the open window of the Yukon and saw a pistol between the seat and the middle console. When asked about the pistol the Defendant stated he was from a “rough area.”
The Defendant was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree punishable by up to ten years in prison. After multiple delays due to COVID and the Defendant being out on warrant, the trial commenced on October 9 before the Honorable Brandon Mack. Deputy Prosecutors Melissa Pleimann and Anna Phillips presented the State’s case and after three days of testimony, the jury found the Defendant guilty.
Prosecutor James Kennedy thanked Detective Anderson and his two prosecutors: “Getting guns off the street is high priority for our office but it takes a team effort. Detective Anderson did his part by locating the pistol and our prosecution team put on a good trial. I’m thankful for all of their efforts.”
The Defendant was taken into custody and sentencing is set for November 17, 2023