habitual offender sentenced to federal prison for firearms crime
Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to 51 months for his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
On June 9, 2011, Lucas Charles Greenwood, 29, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced by United States District Judge Timothy M. Burgess.
According to Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin White, who prosecuted the case, the Alaska State Troopers stopped Greenwood in September 2009 for driving while intoxicated. Greenwood was alone in the vehicle, and he had an assault-style rifle just behind the front passenger seat. The trooper asked Greenwood if he had any weapons in the vehicle, but Greenwood replied that he did not. In addition to the rifle, Greenwood had four loaded 30-round magazines and drug paraphernalia in his possession.
Since September of 2009, Greenwood has been serving sentences for multiple convictions from the State of Alaska Court System involving felony misconduct involving a controlled substance, assault, driving without a license, disorderly conduct, violating conditions of release and two convictions for both driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a chemical test of breath. In addition to these recent criminal convictions, Greenwood has prior felony convictions for first-degree automobile trespass, first-degree criminal trespass and aggravated driving after revocation. Greenwood has twice been arrested as a fugitive from other jurisdictions. The prosecution noted at sentencing that, in addition to Greenwood’s criminal convictions, he has a pattern of threatening members of law enforcement and their family members when arrested.
In fashioning a sentence, Judge Burgess focused upon the serious nature of Greenwood’s offenses and a need to protect the public.
Ms. Loeffler commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Alaska State Troopers for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Greenwood. Ms. White is one of two prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office who are funded by the Municipality of Anchorage for the purpose of prosecuting gang-related and violent crime cases.