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Medford Felon Sentenced to 10 Years Federal Prison for Possessing Firearm

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

MEDFORD, Ore.  - On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken sentenced Carl Gene Dunlap, 40, of Medford, Oregon, to 10 years in federal prison, following his conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Dunlap’s 10-year sentence is the maximum allowed under federal law.  Dunlap was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.  

On January 13, 2014, near Central Point, Oregon, Dunlap was showing off a 9mm handgun to an acquaintance when it accidentally discharged,  striking the person in the groin.  Dunlap fled the scene.  The wounded person was rushed to the hospital and survived the gunshot, but did not identify Dunlap as the shooter.  Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies collected the spent shell casing and bullet that had passed through the victim.  Later that evening, Dunlap was arrested on an unrelated probation violation warrant. That arrest followed a chase in which Dunlap jumped from a moving vehicle and attempted to elude the police on foot.  Weeks later, Medford police recovered a 9mm handgun at a Medford motel.  The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Forensic Laboratory matched the spent shell casing found at the scene of the earlier shooting to the seized firearm.  Additional investigation revealed Dunlap as the shooter.

Dunlap’s prior felony convictions include coercion, third degree assault, robbery in the third degree, felony attempt to elude, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and 12 separate convictions for possession of methamphetamine.  Dunlap also has 17 misdemeanor convictions which include fourth degree assault, resisting arrest, menacing, recklessly endangering another, and misdemeanor attempt to elude.

This case was investigated jointly by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Medford Police Department, Central Point Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas W. Fong.

Updated February 18, 2016