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Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Oregon

Jefferson County Man Pleads Guilty io Being an Armed Career Criminal and Admits to Possessing Firearms Stolen in Burglary

EUGENE, Ore. – Daniel Chase Kennedy, 27, a resident of Jefferson County, Oregon, appeared before U. S. District Court Chief Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene yesterday and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.  On July 10, 2013, Kennedy pled guilty to being an armed career criminal and admitted possessing shotguns and rifles he and two accomplices stole while burglarizing a Jefferson County home.    

Chief Judge Aiken sentenced Kennedy as an armed career criminal because he possessed the firearms after being previously convicted in Oregon courts of twelve felonies including robbery, coercion and deliveries of methamphetamine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Kennedy and two accomplices used methamphetamine before breaking into the unoccupied home and stealing the guns and jewelry.  Oregon State Police officers recovered four of the stolen guns, stolen property, and methamphetamine at Kennedy’s Madras residence.  Kennedy was on Oregon post-prison supervision for four felonies when arrested by the Oregon State Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff.

Kennedy’s guilty plea, admissions and sentence of 180 months in prison were part of his plea agreement with the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon, Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, and Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Oregon State Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank R. Papagni, Jr., with the assistance of Jefferson County Deputy District Attorney Laura Moszer and Deschutes County Deputy District Attorney Brigid Turner, prosecuted the case.

Updated January 29, 2015