A 26-year-old Everett man pleaded guilty Friday to possession of a stolen firearm after stealing a high-powered rifle from a Seattle Police Department vehicle during the George Floyd protests in downtown Seattle on May 30, 2020, U.S. Attorney Nick Brown announced.
Surveillance images showed Jacob D. Little taking the gun from an SPD vehicle parked outside the downtown Seattle Nordstrom store.
Using surveillance images, photos from the protests and tips from the public, Seattle police were able to link Little to the stolen gun.
During the investigation, law enforcement officials learned that Little had been negotiating the sale of the rifle. According to messages obtained by officials, Little said he had removed the sling, suppressor and “red dot,” or optical sight, from the gun. Each of those accessories were on the rifle when it was stolen.
Little is set to be sentenced Jan. 6, 2023. Prosecutors and the defense will recommend a sentence of 16 months in prison under the terms of the plea agreement.
Little is also facing charges connected to an unrelated shooting on Aug. 30, 2020. In that case, Little is accused of firing multiple shots when fights broke out at a car show in the parking lot of the Renton Uwajimaya grocery store.
Little was seen firing a gun into the air and a crowd of people, according to court documents. In January 2021, Little was charged was second-degree murder and assault.
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