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October 4, 2011

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


ERWIN MAN SENTENCED TO OVER SIX YEARS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF A FIREARM

GREENEVILLE Tenn. – Norman Lee Randolph, 36, of Erwin, Tenn., was sentenced to 77 months in federal prison in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, at Greeneville, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge. The sentence was the result of a guilty plea by Randolph on May 26, 2011, to a federal grand jury indictment charging him with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Randolph was arrested after the vehicle in which he was traveling was pulled over for a felony traffic stop. A shotgun and ammunition wrapped in a sheet were found in the back seat and Randolph claimed ownership of the firearm.

Randolph has previously been arrested 14 times and convicted of numerous offenses in Unicoi County. Judge Greer noted during sentencing that Randolph had previously received suspended sentences time after time after time.

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian commended the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for “protecting the public from this repeat firearms offender, with an extensive criminal history.”

The indictment and subsequent guilty plea by Randolph was the result of an investigation conducted by the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert M. Reeves represented the United States.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a comprehensive national strategy that creates local partnerships with law enforcement agencies to effectively enforce existing gun laws. It provides more options to prosecutors, allowing them to utilize local, state, and federal laws to ensure that criminals who commit gun crime face tough sentences. PSN gives each federal district the flexibility it needs to focus on individual challenges that a specific community faces.

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