Repeat felon sentenced to eight years in federal prison for heroin, gun possession

Repeat felon sentenced to eight years in federal prison for heroin, gun possession

A Wheat Ridge man was sentenced Wednesday to just under eight years in federal prison for intent to distribute heroin and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Aaron Michael Kendall, 46, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez to 95 months in prison, according to a U.S. Attorney, District of Colorado, news release. He’ll serve three years on supervised released after completing the prison sentence.

Kendall appeared at the sentencing and was remanded into custody.

On Jan. 31, 2017, Wheat Ridge police stopped Kendall on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle, the release said. Officers found 15 grams of heroin and a 9 mm pistol in the vehicle. A digital scale, seven cell phones, baggies and a counterfeit $20 bill were also seized.

Kendall has been convicted of multiple felonies, according to the release.

“The federal felon-in-possession statute is a significant tool in allowing us to help local law enforcement get bad actors out of their communities,” said U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn, in the release. “Mr. Kendall apparently didn’t learn his lesson from his previous convictions. He’ll pay for that with nearly eight more years in federal prison.”

Prosecutors describe Kendall as a member of the 211 Crew Colorado prison gang. The gun seized was stolen out of Westminster, Colorado in July 2016, according to the release.

Kendall was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 12, 2017.  He pleaded guilty on April 15.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wheat Ridge police investigated the case.

 

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