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August 29, 2013

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


Larry Shane Morgan Sentenced To Serve 447 Months For Armed Robberies

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On Aug. 29, 2013, Larry Shane Morgan, 37, of Greeneville, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 447 months in prison by the Honorable Leon Jordan, U.S. District Judge. Following an October 2012 jury trial, Morgan was convicted of the June 2012 robbery by force of the Stop and Go Market in Chuckey, Tenn.; the July 2012 armed robbery of the Greeneville Federal Bank on the Andrew Johnson Highway; and being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition.

Morgan was sentenced to an additional 24 months for violation of supervised release on a prior federal conviction, for a total effective sentence of 471 months in prison. Upon his release from prison he will be subject to supervised release for five years. Morgan was further ordered to pay restitution to the victims of his crimes.

Federal law mandates a five year minimum mandatory sentence for possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent offense, with each additional offense of possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent offense carrying a 25 year minimum mandatory sentence.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the joint investigation include the Greeneville Police Department, Greene County Sheriff=s Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Johnson City Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab, and Sullivan County Sheriff=s Department dive team. Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Gregory Bowman 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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