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Fort Campbell, Kentucky Man Receives 112 Months In Prison
Sentence Imposed for Illegal Possession of Military Armament

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2010

Jackson, TN - United States District Court Judge J. Daniel Breen sentenced Joshua Bartlett Etherton, 30, of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to 112 months in prison and a three year term of supervised release for illegal possession of military armament, announced Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

Etherton was indicted in September of 2009 in a two count indictment charging him with possessing an antitank rocket and four hand grenades which were not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. He pleaded guilty in May 2010 to both counts of the indictment.

Court documents and statements made in court reference that in the course of his duties as a soldier in the United States Army, Etherton transported explosives and ammunition to soldiers in the field for training purposes. It was during this time that Etherton took the rocket and grenades, which were later sold to an undercover federal agent.

“Federal and local law enforcement did an outstanding job in uncovering this potentially dangerous crime,” said United States Attorney Stanton. “But for the hard work of both local law enforcement and the ATF, we may have never known who possessed these weapons.” Mr. Etherton’ s sentence of 112 months sends a strong message that we will aggressively prosecute individuals who possess and sell illegal weapons.”

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Paris Police Department, the Henry County Sheriff's Office, the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, Tennessee State Bomb and Arson and the Jackson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney James W. Powell handled the case for the government

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