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Will Kenneth Bryan Dawson Escape Criminal Charges for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm?

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

By: Donald V. Watkins

Copyrighted and Published on December 5, 2023

IMAGE: Colorado Department of Corrections Inmate Kenneth Bryan Dawson, a certified "Habitual Offender."

An Editorial Opinion


1819 News co-founder, president, CEO, and publisher Kenneth Bryan Dawson is about five weeks away from escaping prosecution on federal and state charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm on January 18, 2019.


As Jeff Martin of the Montgomery Independent reported today, Dawson was arrested on January 18, 2019, for hunting on baited land, which is a misdemeanor. Reportedly, Dawson was hunting with a rifle. Dawson posted bond and was released from jail on the same day.

Image: Kenneth Bryan Dawson (left) posing with a deer he killed while hunting with a friend.

Kenneth Bryan Dawson’s criminal court docket sheet for this Elmore County, Alabama District Court case may be reviewed by clicking here. The case name is: State of Alabama v. Kenneth Bryan Dawson, DC-2019-000168.00.


On May 5, 2019, Dawson pled guilty to this misdemeanor charge and paid a fine of $500..


As the docket sheet in Kenneth Bryan Dawson’s case shows, neither the Elmore County prosecutor, nor judge assigned to his case, ordered a criminal history report on Dawson. Had they done so, the report would have confirmed that Dawson was a career criminal, as defined under Alabama and Colorado state laws.


Kenneth Bryan Dawson is a convicted cocaine trafficker, serial motor vehicle thief, and attempted murderer in Colorado. Dawson is not permitted to possess a firearm for any purpose, nor is he allowed to be in the presence of others who possess firearms.


Dawson meets the definition of a “Habitual Offender” under Colorado and Alabama laws. Yet, the judge in Dawson's Elmore County case did not enhance his fine or sentence based upon Dawson's “Habitual Offender” status. In fact, the docket sheet shows that this "enhancement" factor was completely ignored by the judge.


In any event, Dawson’s attempted murder conviction is a crime of violence, as defined under federal criminal law. Dawson’s multiple Colorado felony convictions make him a “Habitual Offender.”


Kenneth Bryan Dawson is also reported to be a longtime federal law enforcement informant.


There is no public record where Dawson’s gun rights were restored to him by the states of Colorado or Alabama, or by the federal government.


The five-year statute of limitations under federal and Alabama state laws for prosecuting Kenneth Bryan Dawson for possessing a firearm on January 18, 2019, will expire on January 16, 2024. (There was a Leap Year in 2020 when February had 29 days).


Kenneth Bryan Dawson is the man who greenlighted 1819 News’ November 1, 2023, media “hit job” on Smiths Station, Alabama Mayor Fred “Bubba” Copeland. An emotionally distraught Copeland committed suicide three days after 1819 News “outed” Copeland’s cross-dressing fetish (in the privacy of his home) and exposed his amateur works of erotic fiction.


The premeditated "hit job" by Kenneth Bryan Dawson and 1819 News targeted Bubba Copeland because of his cross-dressing fetish/gender identification. This homicide qualifies as a federal hate crime under 18 U.S.C. § 249 that resulted in Bubba Copeland's death. This "hit job" also rises to the level of premeditated murder under Alabama state criminal statutes.


To date, the prime suspects in this hate crime/homicide are Kenneth Bryan Dawson, 1819 News Editor-in-Chief Robert Jeffrey Poor, and 1819 News reporter Michael Craig Monger.


Will federal and state law enforcement officials in Alabama have the courage to prosecute Kenneth Bryan Dawson for being a felon in possession of a firearm on January 18, 2019? Does Dawson’s status as a federal law enforcement informant give him immunity from prosecution?


We will know the answer to both of these questions by January 16, 2024.

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