For Immediate Release
Lead Defendant Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Invading Homes of Dayton-Area Drug Dealers
DAYTON, Ohio – A Columbus, Ohio, man was sentenced in federal court today to 144 months in prison for his role in multiple home invasions that took place in the greater Dayton region.
Kieran Chandre Furness, 28, was sentenced for conspiring to violate the Hobbs Act with four co-defendants, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
According to court documents, the defendants conspired to commit at least four home invasions of Dayton-area drug dealers.
The co-conspirators took part in armed robberies of purported drug dealers to steal their illicit drug inventories and cash proceeds derived from prior drug dealing. The co-conspirators also stole vehicles, jewelry, clothing, shoes and firearms.
During January 2019, Furness and others forced entry into various residences in Dayton, Trotwood and Harrison Township. While inside the homes, defendants bound up the ankles and wrists of adult and child occupants, forcing them to lie face down on the floor, and brandishing firearms towards them.
Furness was the final defendant to be sentenced in the case. His co-defendants received the following sentences:
- Dreshaun Alexander Thomas – 97 months in prison;
- William Anthony-Lee Baylor – 72 months in prison;
- James Ralph Jackson III – 60 months in prison; and
- Eric Sterling Brown II – 48 months in prison.
Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Roland H. Herndon, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF); Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck and Trotwood Police Chief Erik Wilson announced the sentence imposed today by Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Rose. Assistant United States Attorneys Dwight K. Keller and Ryan A. Saunders are representing the United States in this case.
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