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Former Williams Resident Gets Over 12 Years in Prison for Booby-Trapping House

A 72-year-old man was sentenced to 12 and a half years in federal prison after he booby-trapped his former manufactured home in Southern Oregon and injured an FBI agent.

After Gregory Lee Rodvelt lost his property in rural Josephine County in an elder abuse case, prosecutors said he didn't want anyone to take it without a fight so he placed homemade spike strips at the bottom of the driveway, rigged a rat trap to fire a shotgun shell when someone tried to open the door to a detached garage and set other traps.

The Oregonian reports state and FBI bomb technicians had gone to the 15-acre property off Dreamhill Drive in Williams at the request of a real estate lawyer who was working to sell it.

Federal investigators said Rodvelt also set up a minivan to block the gate, affixed steel animal traps to a gate post, barred the home's windows from inside and set up a wheelchair in the entryway to fire a .410-caliber shotgun shell. The technicians used an explosive charge to breach the front door and carefully entered the home only to bump the wheelchair. The shot hit FBI bomb technician Andrew Sellers below the knee.

In June, a jury found Rodvelt guilty of assaulting a federal officer with a deadly or dangerous weapon and using and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

Defense lawyer Devin Huseby urged US District Judge Michael J. McShane to consider his client's age and health and sentence Rodvelt to three years, and then home confinement as a condition of his subsequent federal supervision. Prosecutor Judith R. Harper argued for a sentence of 15 years and three months. Harper wrote in a sentencing memo that a 3-millimeter metallic pellet struck a vein in Sellers’ leg and remains embedded after a doctor decided against removing it.

McShane picked a sentence much closer to Harper's recommendation during a hearing in federal court in Medford.
Posted on 12/8/23 6:47AM by Sam Marsh