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Man pleads to federal charge

By Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated May 22, 2014 at 2:19 PM

A Nashville man entered a guilty plea last week on a federal gun charge.

David Lee Kemper, 28, of Nashville, pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm while a convicted felon. The plea was signed and filed May 12 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee Nashville Division.

According to Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen, Lebanon police started a joint case with the FBI in February of 2013 against Kemper, who was not indicted but did enter a federal information plea.

“He was arrested in Lebanon with a gun and this guilty plea comes out of a case we worked along with the FBI,” Bowen said. “He is tied to several violent crimes and gun use, so we hope this sends a message.”

Bowen said he thought Kemper could receive the maximum sentence and he would probably even be required to serve at least 85 percent of that time.

According to the plea, the statutory penalty for the offense Kemper is charged with includes: up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, a mandatory $100 special assessment and a term of supervised release of up to three years in addition to the prison term.

Kemper will be sentenced at a later date.

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