DENVER – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Bill Leone, United States Attorney for the District of Colorado, announced that GERRY M. DENORMANDIE (aka Bruce Edward Long), age 52, of Denver, Colorado, was sentenced today to serve 15 years in federal prison by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Lewis T. Babcock for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Because DENORMANDIE had three prior violent felony convictions the defendant was determined by Chief Judge Babcock to be an Armed Career Criminal.
DENORMANDIE was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm by Criminal Complaint on May 30, 2005. He was subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury on June 6, 2005. On July 27, 2005 DENORMANDIE pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to the stipulated facts presented in the plea agreement, on May 29, 2005, a Denver Police Officer observed a struggle on East Colfax between a known prostitute and a male driver of a blue SUV. When the officer made contact with the driver, DENORMANDIE, he observed what appeared to be a firearm in the driver’s side door pocket. DENORMANDIE was taken into custody for suspicion of driving while under the influence (DUI). A routine inventory of DENORMANDIE’s car before being towed to Denver Police impound turned up a fully loaded Remington 12 gauge sawed-off shotgun with an obliterated serial number located on the floor of the backseat. Officers also found a pellet handgun, a pair of binoculars, a box of shotgun shells, numerous pairs of flex-cuffs, and a camera.
During an interview with officers the victim stated that DENORMANDIE had previously pulled a gun on her and threatened to rape her. She also said the defendant had threatened to kill her.
Additional investigation revealed that DENORMANDIE had a number of prior felony convictions for violent crime. His prior convictions, as outlined in the plea agreement in support of an element of the felon in possession crime and in support of his Armed Career Criminal status are:
* May 5, 1995, convicted of Second Degree Kidnaping in Denver District Court in Colorado.
* May 17, 1970, convicted of Possession of Contraband in Fremont District Court in Colorado.
* June 7, 1976, convicted of Assault in the First Degree in Denver District Court in Colorado.
* June 1, 1976, convicted of Third Degree Sexual Assault in Denver District Court in Colorado.
“This case highlights the positive working relationship the ATF has with the Denver Police Department,” said United States Attorney Bill Leone. “An alert Denver Police Department officer noticed an argument, intervened, and as a result has removed an Armed Career Criminal from the streets of Denver for 15 years,” Mr. Leone said.
The DENORMANDIE prosecution was part of the Justice Department’s Project Safe Neighborhoods, a national strategy focusing on the vigorous enforcement of firearms laws as an effective deterrent, especially for those chronic, repeat violent offenders who commit a disproportionate number of gun-related crimes.
This case was investigated by the Denver Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), including Special Agent Steven Morrison.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Linda McMahan.