Madras man sentenced to 15 years for stolen guns

Sentenced by federal judge as 'armed career criminal'

EUGENE, Ore. - A federal judge has sentenced a 27-year-old Madras man to 15 years in prison for stealing shotguns and rifles during a home burglary, federal prosecutors said.

Daniel Chase Kennedy appeared Wednesday before U. S. District Court Chief Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene for sentencing.

Kennedy pleaded guilty on July 10  to being an armed career criminal and admitted possessing shotguns and rifles he and two accomplices stole while burglarizing a Jefferson County home, they said.

Aiken sentenced Kennedy as an armed career criminal because he possessed the firearms after being previously convicted in Oregon courts of 12 felonies, including robbery, coercion and deliveries of methamphetamine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Kennedy and two accomplices used meth before breaking into the unoccupied home and stealing the guns and jewelry.

Oregon State Police troopers recovered four of the stolen guns, stolen property and methamphetamine at Kennedy's Madras home. Kennedy was on Oregon post-prison supervision for four felonies when arrested by OSP and Jefferson County sheriff's deputies.

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.

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