Eaton County Man to Serve 15 Years As Armed Career Criminal

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Christopher Todd Ritchey, 31-years-old, of Bellevue, was sentenced on Friday, November  20th, 2015, to 180 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker. CHRISTOPHER TODD RITCHEY

Ritchey pled guilty to being a felon in possession in July, after he was caught with a gun in his residence while on parole in January. The Armed Career Criminal Act mandated a sentence of at least 15 years because Ritchey had previously been convicted seven times of breaking and entering under Michigan law.

According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, Christopher Ritchey has convictions dating back to 2005.

“Today we send a message to recidivist felons that they simply cannot possess firearms under the law,” U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr., said. “When armed career criminals do not heed that warning, they will be prosecuted, and the sentence will be strict, as the law requires.”