LEXINGTON, KY - A federal judge sentenced the last of six Nicholas County residents involved in drug and gun crimes to 18 months in prison.
U.S. District Judge Joseph M. Hood sentenced 30-year-old Jeremy Dunn on Monday for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Under federal law, convicted felons are prohibited from possessing firearms. Dunn, a felon, previously admitted to possessing a .380 semiautomatic pistol.
Dunn’s twin brother, Jeffrey Dunn, 30, received 10 years in prison last week for distributing oxycodone pills in Nicholas County. Judge Hood also sentenced 45-year-old William Padgett to 92 months for the same crime in June of this year. Three others were also sentenced for their roles earlier this year.
The sentences are the result of a joint federal and state law enforcement investigation into the distribution of oxycodone pills and the illegal possession of a firearm in Nicholas County.
The investigation began on October 2, 2010, after law enforcement learned that Angelique “Angel” Lutes, 34, of Carlisle, had been shot in the leg during a drug related robbery. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement learned that Lutes, and her then boyfriend Jonathan “Pookie” Watkins, 39, of Carlisle, both sold oxycodone pills in and around Nicholas County.
Both Lutes and Watkins pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute oxycodone pills. On February 6, 2012, Lutes was sentenced to 26 months imprisonment. On February 27, 2012, Watkins was sentenced to 43 months imprisonment.
During the investigation, law enforcement learned that Gary “Bird Dog” Gammon had received a .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol from Jeremy Dunn. Both Gammon, 36, of Carlisle, and Dunn were prohibited by federal law from possessing the firearm. Gammon had a previous misdemeanor conviction for a crime of domestic violence. Gammon, like Dunn, pleaded guilty to possessing the .380 semiautomatic pistol. On February 7, 2012, Gammon was sentenced to three years of probation
Under federal law, each defendant must serve at least 85 percent of his or her prison sentence.
Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Dondi O. Albritto, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (Louisville Field Division) and Rodney Brewer, Commissioner, Kentucky State Police, jointly made the announcement today.
The investigation was conducted by KSP and ATF. The U.S. Attorney’s Office was represented by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr.