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December 8, 2011


Fort Smith- Thomas Lindley, of Fort Smith, was sentenced today to fifteen years imprisonment for federal firearms violations and for his role as an armed career criminal, announced Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. United States District Judge Paul .K. Holmes ordered Lindley to serve five years supervised release upon release from prison.

Lindley entered a plea of guilty on June 21, 2011 to being a felon in possession of a firearm that has traveled in interstate commerce, in violation 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2). According to court documents, Lindley was pulled over by Fort Smith Police officers for suspicion of driving while intoxicated on March 7, 2011. Upon making contact with Lindley, officers noticed that his eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred. Officers also observed an open beer can in the passenger seat and detected the odor of alcohol. The officers asked Lindley to provide his driver’s license and proof of insurance, but the defendant replied that he did not have any of those items. Lindley was subsequently ordered out of the vehicle at which point he informed officers that he has a gun in the car.

Lindley was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act, which provides a sentencing range of fifteen years to life for individuals who have been convicted of federal gun crimes and have at least three prior felony convictions for crimes of violence and/or serious drug offenses. This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, which is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of firearms and improving the safety of residents in the Western District of Arkansas. Participants in the initiative include federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

This case was investigated by the Fort Smith Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Harris of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas.

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