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January 16, 2014


Fayetteville, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced today that David Samson, 47, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, was sentenced to fifteen years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Samson was also sentenced to five years of supervised release and ordered to pay a fine of $5,000. The Honorable Jimm Larry Hendren Senior U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Arkansas, presided over the sentencing hearing in Fayetteville.

United States Attorney Eldridge commented, “Our community faces 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 25, 2012, Samson was arrested during a traffic stop in Fayetteville. During a search of his vehicle, he was found to be in possession of a Marlin .22 caliber rifle. Samson was also in possession of over eight-hundred dollars in counterfeit U.S. currency. It was later determined that Samson had a significant criminal history, including numerous felony offenses for burglary, aggravated assault, and unlawful use of a weapon. On September 9, 2013, Samson pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

This case was investigated by the Fayetteville Police Department, and agents from the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Assistant United States Attorney Glen Hines prosecuted the case for the United States.

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