One was a Canadian bank robber prosecuted in Tacoma, the other a Canadian drug dealer prosecuted in Seattle. Both were profiled in Seattle Weekly cover stories. Now new court documents say that former Fort Lewis holdup man Luke Sommer and onetime British Columbia narcotics kingpin Clayton Roueche may have plotted to kill the federal prosecutors who put them away and the warden who was keeping them imprisoned. The plan was to spring Rouche from custody and for Sommer to get even with his tormentors. Not unlike the dashing duo's criminal careers, the plot came to a screeching halt when a snitch ratted them out.
The document makes it clear that agents never actually confirmed the existence of the conspiracy and Roueche was never charged. Sommer, according to the document, denied Roueche's involvement despite pleading guilty to trying to hire an undercover FBI agent to kill the federal prosecutor who sent him to prison for being the mastermind behind a 2006 takeover-bank robbery in Tacoma while he was an Army Ranger stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The informant claimed Roueche said Sommer had solicited the help of Roueche's gang. "Sommer would provide the UN Gang members with automatic weapons and other devices that would permit them to help Roueche escape from the institution," according to the brief.
Sommer is doing 24 years for the Tacoma bank heist and Roueche is doing 30 years after pleading guilty to a drug conspiracy. The newly filed brief is part of Roueche's appeal of that exceptionally long term, and questions how much weight the judge gave to the alleged (then-unpublicized) plot at sentencing.
In 2008, Sommer told the Weekly he'd gladly take part if a movie were made of his bank job--a dramatic takeover heist by Army Rangers sporting automatic weapons and body armor, followed by a bungled getaway and speedy capture. Sommer later claimed the $50,000 holdup was done to 1) expose war crimes in Iraq or 2) start an organized crime family to compete with the Hell's Angels in Canada.
In a courtroom conversation, he also offered up a series of quotes to a reporter, such as "If you're going to do a crime, do it in Canada. I would have got a lot less for robbery up there."
Roueche, a prolific drug shipper - one of his planes flew a ton of pot from B.C. to California - founded the UN (United Nations) Gang with some of his high-school buddies in the 1990s. The UN grew to as many as 300 white, Asian, and Persian members fond of dragon tattoos and designer hoodies. The gang had its own monogrammed tombstones, jewelry, and kilos of cocaine, as well as its own motto--"Honor, Loyalty, Respect"--along with a trail of alleged murders.
The UN's monogrammed coke