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June 25, 2012

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee

Dustin Vance And Roger Davis Arrested For Being Felons In Possession Of Firearms

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Dustin Vance and Roger Davis, were arrested today in Sweetwater, Tenn., by agents of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department on charges involving being previously convicted felons in possession of a firearm.

Initial appearances were held at 3:30 p.m., Monday, June 25, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Knoxville, before the Honorable Bruce Guyton, U.S. Magistrate Judge. Both Vance and Davis pleaded not guilty to the charges in the indictments.

Vance’s trial has been set for August 29, 2012, in U.S. District Court, Knoxville. Trial for Davis has been set for August 22, 2012, in U.S. District Court, Knoxville.

If convicted, both Vance and Davis face a term of 10 years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine and up to three years of and supervised release.

These arrests and indictments are the result of an ongoing cooperative investigation by ATF, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cynthia F. Davidson and Kelly Ann Norris will represent the United States.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment constitutes only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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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