Felon Who Possessed Stolen Guns Sentenced to Six Years in Federal Prison
EUGENE, Ore. – Anthony Dominic Whiley, 27, a former resident of Douglas County, Oregon, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken to a six-year prison term for being a felon in possession of firearms. In January 2016, Whiley, pled guilty to possessing three stolen guns after having been previously convicted in 2008 for burglarizing and attempting to burglarize residences in Snohomish County, Washington.
On December 21, 2013, Douglas County deputies responded to a call of burglary in progress at a home in Glide, Oregon. Deputies arrived and arrested a man and woman, but were informed that a third suspect, identified as Whiley, had fled. Later that night, a deputy spotted Whiley walking on a rural road and attempted to arrest him. Whiley ran off the road into a river and fled into the darkness. Three loaded stolen handguns were found near nearby. Whiley was subsequently found and arrested for the burglary a few hours later. In conjunction with the burglary charges brought by the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, Whiley disclosed where he had hidden ten other stolen firearms.
On February 19, 2014, Whiley was indicted on federal firearm charges. The United States Attorney’s Office and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office worked together in achieving a joint resolution of Whiley’s federal and state charges.
The investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank R Papagni, Jr. with the assistance of Douglas County District Attorney Rick Wesenberg.