For Immediate Release
Aurora Felon Sentenced to 108 Months in Federal Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime
DENVER – Dominic Miller, age 26, of Aurora, Colorado, was sentenced this week by Senior U.S. District Court Judge John L. Kane to serve 106 months (nearly 9 years) in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, U.S. Attorney John Walsh and ATF Special Agent in Charge Luke Franey Announced. Following his prison term, Miller was ordered to serve 5 years on supervised release. The defendant, who appeared at the sentencing hearing in custody, was remanded at its conclusion.
Miller was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 22, 2014. He pled guilty before Judge Kane on January 9, 2015. He was sentenced yesterday, April 2, 2015.
According to court documents, including the stipulated facts contained in the defendant’s plea agreement, on March 6, 2014, Aurora Police Department Gang Intervention officers identified defendant Miller walking near the 2200 block of North Ironton Street in Aurora displaying Eight Tre Gangster tattoos. The officers attempted to make contact with Miller and another male. As the officers stopped their vehicle, getting out to approach the two, the defendant and other male fled. Officers eventually caught Miller and placed him under arrest.
As the officers placed Miller into custody, they observed the handle of a firearm sticking out of the defendant’s right front pants pocket. Officers recovered a HiPoint, .380 caliber pistol. The firearm was loaded with eight rounds of ammunition. It was then determined that the weapon was previously reported stolen by the Grand Island, Nebraska police department. Officers also located two baggies of crack cocaine with a gross weight of 3.3 and 3.7 grams respectively. Miller had a previous conviction in March 2009 of Aggravated Robbery, which was an armed carjacking. Miller was on parole for that conviction at the time of arrest. It was also confirmed that Miller was a gang member, possessing the firearm for protection against other gang members.
“The lengthy prison sentence handed down by Judge Kane demonstrates that cooperation between federal and local law enforcement is an effective means of removing dangerous drug dealers from our streets,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh. “We will continue to focus on prosecuting the most dangerous felons who possess firearms as part of our effort to make our streets safer.”
“Violent felons who possess firearms pose a danger to the general public and law enforcement officers,” said ATF Denver Special Agent in Charge Luke Franey. “ATF and our partners at the Aurora Police Department will continue to pursue these individuals to keep the public safe.”
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Aurora Police Department.
Miller was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy Sibert.