Devin Jennings was arrested in Downtown Seattle last August after police watched him sell crack cocaine to several customers, according to prosecutors.
The 35-year-old resisted arrest, threatened officers and damaged a police cruiser while en route to jail, police say. After taking him out of the cruiser, officers found a stash of crack in the back seat that Jennings had tried to hide.
At the time of his arrest, prosecutors say Jennings had been out of federal prison for just five months. He had been serving a 100-month prison term for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
Prosecutors say Jennings has a long history of drugs and violence that includes 10 felony convictions and nearly 20 non-felony convictions.
In asking for the 10-year sentence, prosecutors wrote, "In light of Jennings' extremely long, and often times violent, criminal history, the United States believes that a substantial term of imprisonment is appropriate.