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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Lexington Man Sentenced to 100 Months For Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Keith A. Jefferson, 26, of Lexington, was sentenced today, to 100 months federal in prison, by United States District Judge Karen K. Caldwell, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

In January 2018, the Lexington Police Department investigated an active disorder with a firearm on Charles Avenue.  During a domestic dispute, Jefferson fired a shot into a residence, to gain entry.  On January 9, 2019, Jefferson entered a guilty plea, admitting to illegally possessing two firearms.   Jefferson has prior convictions, for assaultive behavior and carrying concealed weapons.

Under federal law, Jefferson must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence; and upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for three years.

Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Stuart Lowrey, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Louisville Field Division; and Lawrence Weathers, Chief of the Lexington Police Department, jointly made the announcement.

The ATF and the Lexington Police Department conducted the investigation.  The United States was represented by Assistant United States Attorney Cynthia T. Rieker.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The PSN program was reinvigorated as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated April 18, 2019