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Defendant hid Stolen Gun in the Attic when Police Officers Arrived

January 13, 2006

JEFFREY ALLEN JORGENSON, 24, of Longview, Washington was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. At sentencing, U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton noted JORGENSON’s lengthy criminal history and told him that he had not earned leniency. In order to protect society, the judge said, he rejected JORGENSON’s plea for a reduced sentence.

According to documents filed in the case, on January 21, 2005, Longview Police detectives arrived at the home in Longview where JORGENSON often stayed. They had a warrant to search the house. Detectives discovered a Desert Eagle .44 caliber semiautomatic pistol hidden in the attic. The gun had been stolen from a neighbor shortly before. In his plea agreement JORGENSON admitted he hid the gun in the attic as he heard the police officers arrive.

JORGENSON has three prior felony convictions: Burglary in the second degree, 1999; Possession of a controlled substance, 2002; and Possession of Heroin, 2003. In addition, he had numerous misdemeanor convictions.

JORGENSON was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Unveiled by President George W. Bush in May, 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a comprehensive and strategic approach to gun law enforcement. PSN is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking both new and existing local programs that target gun crime, and then providing them with the resources and tools they need to succeed. Implementation at the local level -- in this case, in Cowlitz County-- has fostered close partnerships between federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement.

The JORGENSON case was investigated by the Longview Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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