Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun and gang crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun and gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful. Since its inception in 2001, approximately $2 billion has been committed to this initiative. This funding is being used to hire new federal and state prosecutors, support investigators, provide training, distribute gun lock safety kits, deter juvenile gun crime, and develop and promote community outreach efforts as well as to support other gun and gang violence reduction strategies.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee works with local, state and federal partners, including the ATF, the FBI, the DEA, the ICE, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the TBI, several Sheriff’s offices and Police Departments to target, investigate, and prosecute the most violent firearms offenders. Outreach, education, and training programs are also part of the program to increase public awareness and to deter violent offenders from continuing to engage in firearms offenses. Some of the prosecutions brought through the Project Safe Neighborhood initiative are:
- In March 2015, Stephen Thompson, 25, of Knoxville, Tenn., pleaded guilty to two counts of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of discharging a firearm during the robbery. Sentencing was set for 10:00 a.m., July 8, 2015, in U.S. District Court in Knoxville. http://www.justice.gov/usao-edtn/pr/hardee-s-shooter-thompson-pleads-guilty-robbery-and-gun-charges
- Tommy Brummitt, 43, of Elizabethton, Tenn., was sentenced in September 2014 to serve 188 months in federal prison, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Michael J. Brummitt, 44, also of Elizabethton, was also sentenced to serve 54 months in federal prison for also being a felon in possession of a firearm. Upon their release from prison, each will be subject to five years supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.http://www.justice.gov/usao-edtn/pr/chattanooga-man-sentenced-200-months-possession-firearm-felon
- In September 2014, Tommy Brummitt, 43, of Elizabethton, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 188 months in federal prison, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Michael J. Brummitt, 44, also of Elizabethton, was sentenced to serve 54 months in federal prison for also being a felon in possession of a firearm. Upon their release from prison, each will be subject to supervision by the U.S. Probation Office for five years. There is no parole in the federal system. http://www.justice.gov/usao-edtn/pr/michael-and-tommy-brummitt-sentenced-being-felons-possession-firearms
- In September 2014, Lonnie Gene Greer, Jr., 36, of Jonesborough, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 180 months in federal prison for possession of firearms after having been previously convicted of a felony offense. Upon his release from prison, he will be subject to three years supervised release. http://www.justice.gov/usao-edtn/pr/lonnie-greer-jr-sentenced-being-felon-possession-firearms
For more information about the PSN Program visit http://www.psn.gov.