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Southern Oregon Career Felon Sentenced to 15 Years Federal Prison for Possessing Firearms and Methamphetamine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2014

MEDFORD, Ore. - On Tuesday, February 18, 2014, U. S. District Judge Michael McShane sentenced Allen Donn Richins, 53, of Trail, Oregon, to 15 years in federal prison for felon in possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

During the late evening on August 9, 2012, Jackson County Sheriff deputies went to defendant’s rural property in Trail, Oregon, to investigate a reported accidental shooting.  They found defendant’s car in the driveway, the front door to his house wide open, the light and TV on, and a handgun holster and a taser on the entryway floor.  The deputies called out but received no response.  Deputies conducted a safety sweep of the house, observed two handguns and drug paraphernalia, and obtained a search warrant.  They eventually seized 11 ounces of methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, $5,500 cash, five handguns, and three rifles, including a semi-automatic assault rifle with several loaded high capacity magazines.  Defendant apparently fled the area when the deputies arrived.  Two weeks later, the deputies tracked defendant to a house in Grants Pass, where the Grants Pass Police surrounded the house and ordered defendant out; defendant surrendered thirty minutes later.  Defendant admitted selling methamphetamine and trading methamphetamine for firearms.

Defendant is a multiple convicted felon with six prior burglary convictions in addition to prior felony convictions for possession of methamphetamine in 2011 and 2006, unauthorized use of a vehicle in 1992 and 1989, supplying contraband in 1994, four counts of first degree forgery from 1988 and 1989, and felon in possession of a firearm and theft in 1998.  He was previously convicted of felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to 15 years prison as an Armed Career Criminal in 1993.

This case was investigated by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas W. Fong.

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