For Immediate Release
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
, United States Attorney
Contact: Jonas M. Walker
Judge Imposes 9-Year Sentence on 14-Time Felon for Possessing Firearms
Field Division: Seattle Field Division
Anchorage, Alaska – Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that an Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court on Friday, November 3, 2017, after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The man possessed three handguns -- two of which were stolen -- after having been convicted of at least 14 prior felony convictions.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonas Walker, Jeff Green, 59, had been released on bail while awaiting sentencing in a prior state prosecution. However, after the state court imposed sentence, Green failed to remand for jail. On June 3, 2016, Anchorage Police arrested Green after observing him near his apartment.
At the time of arrest, Green possessed one handgun in his pocket. Later, police found two more stolen handguns in a storage closet adjacent to Green’s apartment. Green had cut a hole in the wall separating his apartment from the storage closet so that he could access the guns easily while not exiting the apartment. Also within Green’s apartment, police found ammunition, shell casings, and body armor. Green also had a reminder note to collect an apparent drug debt.
Green’s prior convictions include homicide, robbery, burglary, and methamphetamine-related offenses. In a recorded phone call, Green described himself as an "outlaw" and claimed to have "18 violent felony convictions."
United States District Court Judge Sharon Gleason imposed the 108-month sentence, which was only one year below the ten-year maximum statutory penalty available had Green been convicted after trial. Judge Gleason found that Green was a danger to the public while armed, and noted that this case was the fifth time Green had been sentenced for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Mr. Schroder commends the Anchorage Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for the investigation of this case.