Tukwila

Man gets 10 years for shooting gun in Tukwila parking lot

SEATTLE -- A convicted felon with a long rap sheet was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for indiscriminately firing a gun into a crowded parking lot.

Piseth Mam was arrested last August after a shooting incident at a Tukwila apartment complex. Prosecutors say Mam was driving a white Honda when he pulled up to the complex, fired several shots into the parking lot and then sped away.

Nobody was injured in the shooting, but police say many adults and kids were in the area.

When he was arrested a few days later at the Emerald Queen Casino, investigators searched his car and found a stolen 9mm Beretta pistol. As a convicted felon, Mam was prohibited from possessing a gun.

The 34-year-old has been convicted of domestic violence assault, burglary and possession of an assault weapon, according to U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. .

While searching his car, investigators also found dozens of pieces of stolen mail. Detectives believe Mam used a a credit card stolen from the mail to buy items at a local Home Depot.

In addition to the gun charges, Mam was also convicted of aggravated identity theft, which requires a mandatory minimum two-year sentence to run consecutive with his gun conviction.

At sentencing, Chief U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman spoke about how dangerous Mam's actions were.

"Anyone who would fire (a handgun) into a car in a crowded parking lot over a perceived slight is a dangerous person," Perchman said.