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Stephen Scott Convicted By Jury Of Illegal Firearms Possession

January 25, 2013

Jackson, TN – Stephen E. Scott, 42, of Big Sandy, TN, was convicted this week of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III.

Evidence presented at trial revealed that on April 15, 2010, deputies with the Benton County Sheriff's Department responded to a shots-fired complaint. Officers encountered Scott, who admitted to target shooting a shotgun with a juvenile female, and showed deputies where they had been practicing.

Deputies discovered that Scott had been convicted of five prior felonies, including two convictions for burglary, felony theft, and a felony drug manufacturing conviction, and was prohibited from possessing a firearm. Law enforcement obtained a search warrant and served it the following day. The firearm used the previous day was found at the residence, and Scott was taken into custody.

Following the jury’s conviction Scott now faces up to 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and supervised release to follow any term of imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. Sentencing is scheduled for May 2, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. before District Judge J. Daniel Breen.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and the Benton County Sheriff’s Department. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Beth Hall and Assistant United States Attorney Matt Wilson on behalf of the government.

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