Habitual Criminal Faces Long Prison Term

Long prison sentence awaits a man who pled guilty to two felony counts yesterday. Prison time was increased because the “habitual criminal” enhancement was placed on one of the convictions.

The Cassgram reports 39-year-old Dennis J. Lynn of 1604 Lincoln Avenue in Plattsmouth was arrested on May 1st after a search warrant was executed at his residence. He was found to be in possession of two handguns and other items stolen in a March 4th burglary of a residence in Murray. The victim told investigators guns and numerous pieces of jewelry were stolen.

The investigation led to Lynn and his arrest. Lynn was found in possession of two pistols, a single shot .22 and a .22 revolver that was loaded with six rounds.

He had faced seven felony counts but pled guilty to two as part of a plea agreement that included the habitual criminal notation on possession of a handgun by a prohibited person, a Class ID Felony. The other charge he pled guilty to was possession of a stolen firearm, a Class III Felony.

Deputy Cass County Attorney Steve Sunde said a trial would have produced evidence Lynn was trying to sell items stolen in the burglary.

Cass County District Court Judge Randall Rehmeier advised that the guilty plea on the felony with the habitual criminal enhancement meant that Lynn faced a sentence of 10 years to 60 years and further advised him that it is an actual 10 years on the low side—there is no allowance for the state’s ‘good time’ sentencing guideline that reduces the time by half with good behavior in prison.

Sunde said Lynn had previously served a four year sentence for burglary and forgery convictions in 1993 and then a 15 year sentence for burglary and gun possession convictions in 1997. Those convictions were in Blount County, Alabama.

Another part of the plea agreement was that federal authorities agreed not to press charges as Lynn was also prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law.

Lynn has been in custody since his arrest. Bond was $200,000.

Sentencing was set for September 23rd.

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