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SPRINGDALE MAN SENTENCED TO 8 YEARS FOR BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM



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May 13, 2013

 






            Fayetteville, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Brett Maddox, age 25 of Springdale, Arkansas, was sentenced today for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Maddox was sentenced to eight years in prison with three years of supervised release to follow. United States District Judge Jimm Larry Hendren presided over the sentencing in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Maddox pleaded guilty to the offense on January 29, 2013.


On August 29, 2012, the Fayetteville Police Department initiated a traffic stop on Brett Maddox. Upon approaching Maddox’s vehicle, the officers observed Maddox acting nervously and asked him to step out of the vehicle. Maddox refused to step out of the vehicle, and then started reaching below his seat. The officers conducted a pat down of Maddox’s person for weapons and discovered methamphetamine and marijuana in his pocket. After being arrested, Maddox informed the officers that there was a gun in the vehicle under his seat.  The officers then discovered a pistol in his vehicle. Maddox was previously convicted of residential burglary out of Washington County, Arkansas in 2008.


United States Attorney Eldridge stated, “This case began with a traffic stop, and shows that police officers - and the community - face serious risks of violence from felons in possession of firearms.  We will continue to do all we can to prosecute these cases and, hopefully, prevent violence.”


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 Fayetteville 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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