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Northglenn Man Sentenced to 16 Months in Federal Prison for Possession of a Controlled Substance

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Colorado
Defendant was a convicted felon with ties to white supremacists

DENVER – Richard Jackson, age 30, of Northglenn, Colorado, was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Marcia S. Krieger to serve 16 months in federal prison, followed by 1 year on supervised release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI announced.  Jackson, who appeared at the sentencing hearing in custody, was remanded at its conclusion.

Jackson was first charged by Criminal Complaint on September 27, 2014.  He was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on November 3, 2014.  He pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance before Chief Judge Krieger on March 18, 2015.  He was sentenced yesterday, Monday, June 15, 2015.

According to court documents, Jackson was the subject of a drug investigation, where investigators found evidence of methamphetamine.   On September 26, 2014, FBI agents with the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) executed a search warrant at Jackson's Northglenn residence.  During the execution of the warrant agents and officers found ammunition, magazines, but no firearms.  They also found residue of heroin and methamphetamine on a scale, in glass pipes, and in a sink drain.  A baggie of Oxycodone pills, along with multiple cells phones and a Department of Corrections identification card were found in a safe inside the residence.  Jackson maintained Nazi insignia in his residence and posted rules on a wall of his basement.  Two of the rules were, “Violence is a must to secure our race” and “We do not cooperate with law enforcement.”  The defendant had a number of prior convictions, including one for felony menacing with a real or simulated weapon.  That conviction resulted in a four year prison term in the State Department of Corrections, although he was paroled before serving the entire prison sentence.

“Defendant Jackson has shown a substantial disregard for the safety of others and a lack of respect for the law,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh.  “Thanks to the work of the FBI, and the members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, this felon will spend time in federal prison for his crime.”

"The sentence handed down represents the FBI’s dedication to pursuing those intent on harming the citizens of our communities, whether through direct action or general criminal activity that threatens the safety of our neighborhoods” said FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Thomas Ravenelle. "The FBI will continue to work through our strong law enforcement partnerships to protect our communities from those engaged in these types of activities."

This case was investigated by the FBI’s JTTF, the ATF, the Northglenn Police Department and the North Metro Drug Task Force.  The search warrant was executed by the Northglenn, Thornton and Broomfield SWAT teams.

Updated June 24, 2015