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April 4, 2013


Fayetteville, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Shane Willis, age 30 of Fayetteville, Arkansas, was sentenced today for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Willis was sentenced to 15 years in prison without the possibility of parole, 3 years of supervised release and a $15,000 fine. United States District Judge Jimm Larry Hendren presided over the sentencing in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Willis pleaded guilty to the offense on November 14, 2012.

On July 21, 2012, the Springdale Police Department was dispatched to a residence after receiving a call that there was a subject with a gun with possible shots fired. At the scene, the officers discovered Shane Willis walking away from the residence. The officers received consent from Willis to search his person and discovered a pistol. Willis was previously convicted of the violent offenses of Terroristic Threatening, Battery in the 2nd Degree and Domestic Battery in the 2nd Degree out of Washington County, Arkansas.

United States Attorney Eldridge stated, “We remain committed to investigating and prosecuting felons in possession of firearms in order to keep communities throughout the Western District of Arkansas safe from violence.”

Willis 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 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 Springdale Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Harris prosecuted the case for the United States.

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