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By Erin Tierney
Executive Editor 

Career criminal gets 10 years for meth

 

August 8, 2019

Randall Neal Jernigan-Wynn

A Goshen man with a rapsheet dating to 1984 was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in July for drug charges.

Randall Neal Jernigan-Wynn, 59, is the kind of guy that the local drug dealers were afraid of; the kind of criminal other criminals didn't want to cross, Lane County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) Sergeant Scott Denham said.

He is the same man who drew an overwhelming police presence to Creswell near Los Cabos Mexican Restaurant in February 2018. The commotion downtown unfolded just after the final buzzer of the boys' basketball state playoff game sounded at Creswell High. Passersby watched as LCSO and the Special Response Team used flash bangs and gas to push Jernigan-Wynn out of a Second Street apartment.

He fled before law enforcement showed up, but was picked up the next month on East Main Street in Cottage Grove, with more than a pound of meth and a quarter pound of heroin in his possession.

In December that year, Wynn pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Wynn was sitting in jail for these charges when he was picked up by the federal agencies and sentenced to 125 months in federal prison and five years' supervised release for possessing methamphetamine.

His court records span decades. The court database lists 24 records for Wynn, most of which involve charges relating to drugs, alluding and escaping, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, unlawful possession of guns – including a machine gun – and harassment. He has been sentenced to prison on at least six separate occasions, including a 17-year sentence imposed in 1993.

In 1985, Wynn eluded police in a vehicle, nearly striking two officers. In 1993, while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, he seriously injured a woman in a head-on crash, causing her to be taken by life flight to a Portland-area hospital.

After multiple supervised release violations and four additional years in prison, Wynn's criminal behavior continued. In 2017, an investigation revealed that Wynn was still dealing meth. The Lane County Interagency Narcotics Team arrested Wynn twice in 2017, after searches led to the seizure of narcotics, weapons and cash. On multiple occasions in 2018, Wynn evaded police in dangerous vehicle escapes.

This case was prosecuted by Jeffrey Sweet, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, working with the Lane County District Attorney's Office.

 
 

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