When King County prosecutors yesterday announced charges of second degree murder and assault against DeMartrae “Marty” Leshaswn Kime in connection with the April slaying of 1-year-old Malijha Grant, the announcement inadvertently provided one more example of the façade of gun control as an effective crime deterrent.
Kime appears to be a walking advertisement for “three-strikes” laws, having been in custody since earlier this year following his arrest down in Portland, Oregon on an unrelated warrant. According to court papers obtained by Examiner, Kime “has been convicted of Felon in Possession of a Firearm (2015), Assault in the Third Degree (2012), Robbery in the First Degree (2010), Assault in the Fourth Degree (2009, 2008), and Assault in the Second Degree (2007).”
The document also noted that Kime “is pending sentencing in federal court for unlawfully possessing a firearm and was recently indicted in Oregon for Robbery in the First Degree.” The Seattle P-I.com reported this morning that he is scheduled to be sentenced on the federal beef next month. An arraignment on the Grant case is scheduled Jan. 4.
As noted this morning in the Seattle Times, the gun used in the toddler’s murder, which was the result of a gang-related retaliation shooting, has not been recovered. However, that pistol apparently has quite a track record, according to court documents obtained by this column that detail an investigation that went so far as to briefly explain the process with which cartridge cases are “head stamped” by ammunition manufacturers.
Investigators also went to great lengths to identify the specific pistol used in the child’s murder. They believe it was a .40-caliber model variation of the Smith & Wesson Sigma manufactured back in the mid-1990s.
Before it was used in the fatal attack, the same pistol was allegedly used in three other shootings including two in Seattle. Police recovered spent shell casings at the other crime scenes. One of those incidents occurred 21 hours prior to the toddler’s death.
Kime is described as “a mid-level member of the criminal street gang ‘Low Profile’.” He was allegedly carrying out this “ill-conceived gang retaliation” against an alleged member of another street gang, the Deuce 8,” over the shooting of another Low Profile gang member identified as John Williams, who was apparently Kime’s friend.
There’s more. The P-I story said Kime was also arrested back in October 2014 by Seattle police. At the time, police “seized a .45-caliber pistol.” The story notes that, “Investigators believe that gun was used in a June 8, 2014 shooting at a South Seattle street corner.”
Whatever else this case demonstrates, it screams about the inability of gun laws to prevent career thugs from being armed. It is a safe bet that Kime did not obtain his firearms legitimately, and wherever that .40-caliber pistol is now, and whoever fired it in Kent, it’s safe to presume it is not in lawful commerce and any transfers probably don’t involve background checks.
Whether Kime or anyone else will face additional charges remains to be seen. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg told a press conference yesterday, “We think there are other shooters and we think there are people who know about one or more shooters,” in a remark that appeared on KING5 News.
If Kime is convicted, he will be spending a long time behind bars. That’s how to keep guns out of the wrong hands, not adding paperwork requirements and fees for honest citizens who wouldn’t dream of harming anyone, especially a child. It’s not the fault of law-abiding gun owners that gun control proponents can’t seem to tell the difference between the good guys and bad guys, but they do know that treating honest citizens like criminals doesn’t prevent such tragedies.
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