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Man Who Held Henderson Police in Standoff Last Week Charged with Felon in Possession of Firearms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2004

Las Vegas, Nev. -  A man who held Henderson Police Department Officers in a standoff last Monday and Tuesday was indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

According to the Indictment, on April 6, 2004, JEFFREY MICHAEL DONNELLY, age 38, of Henderson, Nevada, having been convicted of the felony offense of Robbery on February 27, 1992, in the State of Florida, allegedly possessed six handguns, four of which were fully-loaded, and two fully-loaded rifles. Under Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1), it is unlawful for any person who has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year to ship or transport a firearm in or affecting interstate commerce. If convicted, DONNELLY is facing a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

DONNELLY was arrested last Tuesday afternoon at his residence at 800 Viento Del Montagna, in Henderson, Nevada, after a local police SWAT team stormed into his residence. Officers were called to the home on Monday after a reported disturbance between DONNELLY and his girlfriend. By Monday evening, DONNELLY had allegedly fired 17 shots from his firearms, but did not injure anyone. To protect neighbors from possible gunfire, police officers evacuated families from nearby homes on Monday afternoon and shut down roads in the area.

DONNELLY is currently being held on state charges, but will have his first appearance in federal court next Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at 3:00 p.m.

The case is being investigated by officers with the Henderson and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments and Special Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Darin LaHood.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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