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PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun and gang crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun and gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful. Since its inception in 2001, approximately $2 billion has been committed to this initiative. This funding is being used to hire new federal and state prosecutors, support investigators, provide training, distribute gun lock safety kits, deter juvenile gun crime, and develop and promote community outreach efforts as well as to support other gun and gang violence reduction strategies.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee works with local, state and federal partners, including the ATF, the FBI, the DEA, the ICE, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the TBI, several Sheriff’s offices and Police Departments to target, investigate, and prosecute the most violent firearms offenders. Outreach, education, and training programs are also part of the program to increase public awareness and to deter violent offenders from continuing to engage in firearms offenses. Some of the prosecutions brought through the Project Safe Neighborhood initiative are:

  • Derrick Dakota Kitzmiller, 22, of Gray, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 210 months in prison by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge. Kitzmiller pleaded guilty in February 2014, to a federal grand jury indictment charging him with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  • Roger D. France, 28, of White Pine, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 108 months in prison by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge, on May 28, 2014. Upon his release from prison, France will be subject to supervised release under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for three years. There is no parole in the federal system.
  • Dustin Morgan, 36, of Maryville, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 204 months in federal prison by the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, Chief U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee. The sentence was the result of a conviction at trial in October 2013 on an indictment charging him with drug and firearm offenses in conjunction with Breakthrough Pain Therapy Center in Maryville. Morgan’s step-father, Randy Kincaid and mother, Sandra Kincaid, co-owners of Breakthrough, and family member Wendi Henry were also convicted. Randy Kincaid was sentenced to 830 months and the other co-conspirators are awaiting sentencing.
  • Hector Galvan, Jr., 34, of Jonesborough, Tenn., was sentenced by the Honorable Pamela L. Reeves, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee, to serve 60 months in prison. Galvan pleaded guilty in April 2013 to a federal indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

For more information about the PSN Program visit http://www.psn.gov.

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