Kelly reaches plea deal on federal charges stemming from death of local musician

Posted 8/7/20

The Port Townsend man convicted last month in the death of local musician Jarrod Bramson pleaded guilty Friday to federal drug trafficking and illegal firearms possession charges.

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Kelly reaches plea deal on federal charges stemming from death of local musician

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The Port Townsend man convicted last month in the death of local musician Jarrod Bramson pleaded guilty Friday to federal drug trafficking and illegal firearms possession charges.

Adam Michael Kelly is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 2 on the charges in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office also noted that U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle is not bound by the recommendation and can impose any sentence up to the 10-year maximum allowed by law.

Kelly was sentenced July 23 in Jefferson County Superior Court to 68 months in prison on a controlled substance homicide felony charge after he was found guilty of giving drugs to Bramson and then leaving him in a car abandoned outside a hospital emergency room in Port Townsend.

Kelly's then-girlfriend then called the hospital and asked staff in Bramson had checked in. Hospital workers later found Bramson in a car in the parking lot. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, and officials said Bramson died with 20 minutes.

Kelly immediately became a suspect following a tip from one of Bramson's friends, and police traced the phone call to the hospital to Kelly's phone. Detectives later learned that Kelly had admitted giving Bramson heroin, and Kelly told police that Bramson had taken drugs at his house and became unresponsive. Kelly and his then-girlfriend took Bramson to the hospital and left him in the parking lot near the emergency room entrance.

Kelly was arrested March 28, 2019.

When police searched Kelly's home, they found what officials said was a sophisticated drug lab in the basement with pill presses, lab equipment, vent hoods, and more than 75 pounds of controlled substances, primarily steroids.

Records seized from Kelly's home showed he had a lucrative business selling and shipping illegal steroids across the country.

In addition to the lab and drug paraphernalia, police found a wide variety of firearms, silencers, and tactical gear, including .40-caliber Glock handgun fitted with a silencer.

In Kelly's bedroom, officers recovered six guns, including two Glock handguns, a .22-caliber Bersa handgun, a Winchester shotgun, a Remington 700 rifle, and a Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. A second silencer was found in the bedroom, officials said, and law enforcement seized a variety of ammunition, as well as a tactical vest.

Officials said Kelly was found to have both heroin and methamphetamine in his possession.

Prosecutors have agreed to recommend that Kelly serve his federal sentence concurrent to the state sentence of 68 months, which means he will serve both the federal and state sentences at the same time.

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