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September 19, 2013


Hot Springs, Arkansas -Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Corey Thornton, age 38, of Gurdon, Arkansas, was sentenced on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Thornton was sentenced to 63 months imprisonment with three years of supervised release. The sentencing took place before the Honorable Susan O. Hickey in the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas.  

U.S. Attorney Eldridge commented, “This case began as a confrontation between two individuals and shows that police officers - and the community - face serious risks of violence from felons in possession of firearms.  We will continue to investigate and prosecute these cases, and hopefully prevent violence throughout the Western District of Arkansas.”

According to court records, on September 15, 2012, officers responded to a reported complaint involving a firearm. Witnesses at the scene told officers that a verbal confrontation had occurred between Corey Thornton and another man. The officer conducted a cursory pat-down for weapons and discovered a pistol in Thornton’s pant pocket, which was loaded with four rounds in the magazine and one round in the chamber. After being advised of his Miranda rights, Thornton admitted to being in possession of the firearm and admitted that a confrontation had taken place. Thornton has two prior felony convictions.

Thornton pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm on March 7, 2013.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, and the Gurdon Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney David Harris prosecuted the case for the United States.


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