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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Oregon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Felon in Possession of Shotgun While Under Influence of Methamphetamine Sentenced to Prison

EUGENE, Ore. – On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, Heath Eugene Solomon, 50, of Drain, Oregon, was sentenced to eight years in prison by U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken for being a felon in possession of a loaded 12-gauge shotgun. Solomon was arrested by a Douglas County Sheriff deputy following a neighbor’s report that he was carrying a pistol grip shotgun while searching for a phantom intruder. Solomon’s delusion was a result of his methamphetamine use. The loaded shotgun had been loaned to Solomon by a friend.

According to court documents and statements made during sentencing, Solomon has eleven felony convictions in Oregon, including assaults on police officers, sales of methamphetamine, coercion, unlawful use of a weapon and a felon in possession of a firearm. Solomon, who suffered severe abuse as a child, was addicted to methamphetamine. He had previously sustained significant brain injuries and has multiple severe mental disorders. In 1997, while under the influence of methamphetamine, Solomon fired twenty-four rounds into the walls of a residence he shared with a girlfriend in Elkton, Oregon.

Solomon pleaded guilty on November 29, 2016 to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. After completing his federal prison sentence, Solomon will be on supervised release for three years.

The case was investigated by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and prosecuted by Frank R. Papagni, Jr., Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, with assistance from Douglas County District Attorney Rick L. Wesenberg, Jr. and Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Zinter.

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated February 15, 2017