Habitual Criminal Gets Long Prison Term

15 years in prison for man with long criminal history. The judge calculated that would be the minimum stay for a 39-year-old Plattsmouth man. Dennis J. Lynn has a criminal record dating back 20 years, mostly in Alabama.

The Cassgram reports Lynn had faced seven felony counts here in Cass County but pled guilty to two counts as part of a plea agreement that included a habitual criminal notation on possession of a handgun by a prohibited person, a Class ID Felony. The other guilty plea was to possession of a stolen firearm, a Class III Felony.

Cass County District Court Judge Jeffrey Funke sentenced Lynn to not less than 20 years and not more than 40 years in the Nebraska Department of Corrections on the Class ID Felony and 10 to 20 years on the Class III Felony.

The “habitual criminal” status means the standard sentencing guidelines under the Nebraska system for prison time reduction for good time served do not apply.

Lynn, who resided at 1604 Lincoln Avenue in Plattsmouth, was arrested on May 1st after a search warrant was executed at that address. 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. Lynn has been in custody since his arrest. Bond was $200,000.

Lynn said he was selling the guns to provide for his family. Funke admonished Lynn for that statement and noted that the intended buyer was a drug dealer. “Your whole adult life has been criminal acts,” said Funke.

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.

Mandatory prison release for Lynn would occur at 20 years under Nebraska law.

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