By Jeff Gallatin
A former North Olmsted businessman and registered sex offender convicted on illegal firearms charges in 2012 recently lost his appeal in federal court.
David Katrenick, who had owned Lazy Dave’s Tattoo Shop on Lorain Road, lost his appeal in the U.S. 6th District Court of Appeals on his sentence of nine years and two months on weapons charges. The charges stemmed from a November 2011 incident in which federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and North Olmsted City officers arrested him a short distance from his West Ranchview home, which is located a short distance away from Lorain Road and a busy portion of the North Olmsted business district.
Officers had been preparing to execute a search warrant at his home and arrested him when when they thought he was leaving the area shortly before they were going to go into the home. Once they executed the warrant, the officers found three rifles, two shotguns and ammunition in his home.
North Olmsted Police Chief Jamie Gallagher said the department was pleased with the appeals court ruling.
“Justice was served, and he will be serving the time for which he was rightly convcted,” Gallagher said.
Officials said Katrenick was buying and trading guns on Craigslist, despite being prohibited from doing so because of previous felony convictions in Georgia. Court records indicated those included a 1986 rape and sodomy conviction in Fulton County, Ga.; a 1986 burglary conviction in DeKalb County, Ga. and a 1990 conviction for aggravated assault and theft in Gwinnett County, Ga.
Federal and city officials begin investigating Katrenick after receiving a tip earlier in 2011 about his dealing in weapons, with police saying he also had traded tattoos for goods in some weapons deals.
“We’d received tips and calls about the activities he had going on,” Gallagher said.”We’re fortunate because we have a fine relationship with the federal officials involved and it was a good investigation by all the parties involved.”
Because of the nature of the charges and the fact that he was convicted in federal court, Katrenick is prohibited from any early release.