Horn pleads guilty in U.S. District Court

Lynn Horn pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Friday to four federal charges related to crimes committed in Craig.
The former Craig man was facing 13 felony charges in Moffat County before a federal grand jury indicted him in May. The charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning they could be refiled, depending on the outcome of the federal case. Horn is 43 years old.
The federal indictment followed a joint investigation by Craig police, the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Horn pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm and three counts of possession of a weapon by a previous offender. According to federal court documents, Horn previously had multiple felony convictions, including first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, distribution of controlled substances and first-degree possession of contraband.
Horn was last arrested by Craig police Feb. 9, when officers shut down a section of Yampa Avenue and arrested Horn at gunpoint. Officers found a .22-caliber pistol hidden in a VCR in the vehicle. Horn allegedly admitted the gun was his and told officers he was on his way to pawn it, according to court documents.
As a previously convicted felon, Horn cannot legally possess firearms.
But it was his propensity to do so that worried Craig police, Chief Walt Vanatta said. During his numerous arrests in Craig, officers allegedly found Horn in possession of several different kinds of weapons, including stolen firearms.
In December, Horn was arrested by police, who reported finding a 9-mm pistol and a "sawed-off" shotgun in the vehicle Horn was driving.
He was driving without a license, according to police. Also, police allegedly confiscated baggies that contained a white, crystal substance that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.
Horn faces a federal prison sentence of between 57 months and 10 years. Vanatta said he was delighted with the federal conviction of the man police refer to as a "potentially violent offender."
Horn will be sentenced Oct. 1.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com

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