Man held in Dayton babysitter’s death served time for gun crimes

Chuckie Lee

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Chuckie Lee

Court records show Chuckie Lee violated his federal probation 20 times between his two sentences.

The man arrested after the shooting death of babysitter Taylor Brandenburg allegedly had 20 probation violations between his two shortened federal prison sentences.

Chuckie M. Lee, 38, served less than the 33-month federal sentence he was given in November 2014 for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Lee was released June 15, 2016, according to online Bureau of Prison records.

In 2006, Lee was sentenced to 62 months for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for having body armor, but he did not serve that full term, either.

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Lee is expected to be formally charged with murder for the Sunday morning shooting of Brandenburg, 20, who was babysitting children when she was shot multiple times outside a residence on Huffman Avenue. Lee was not arraigned Tuesday, but he could be on Wednesday if paperwork is filed.

“Over the past fifteen years, Mr. Lee has engaged in an almost uninterrupted pattern of criminal activity involving illegal drugs and firearms,” assistant U.S. attorney Brent Tabacchi wrote in a 2014 sentencing memorandum.

The memo then listed Lee’s common pleas and federal convictions for assault on a peace officer (1998), possession of crack cocaine (1999), possession of cocaine (2001), drug abuse (2001), drug abuse less than 100 grams of marijuana (2005), felon in possession of a firearm and body armor (2005), attempted possession of heroin and failure to comply (2009), weapons under disability (2012); and felon in possession of a firearm (2014).

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“Two of the sizable gaps in this history – namely, 2002 to 2004 as well as 2006 to 2008 – reflect not Mr. Lee’s departure from criminal activity during those times, but rather periods in which he was incarcerated,” Tabacchi wrote. “Despite receiving repeated sanctions from this court, Mr. Lee nevertheless has incurred 20 violation petitions from the United States Probation Office since his release from federal prison in October 2009.”

Lee also has current criminal cases filed in 2016 and this year in Dayton Municipal Court for domestic violence and assault, resisting arrest and menacing.

The 2014 federal sentencing memo said Lee told authorities he had a gun for “self-protection” and that he was the “target of a hit man.” Similarly, court documents show that Lee initially feared coming back to Dayton after his release from prison because he feared someone wanted to kill him. Ultimately, the document indicated the man Lee feared was released in North Carolina, not Dayton.

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DIGGING DEEPER

The Dayton Daily News searched through federal and local court records to learn more about the man held in connection with the shooting death of a 20-year-old woman who was babysitting in Dayton early Sunday.

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