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Armed Career Criminal from Knott County Sentenced to 320 Months for Illegal Possession of Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Kentucky

LONDON, Ky. – A Knott County man, with a significant criminal history, has been sentenced to 320 months in federal prison for unlawfully possessing firearms.

On March 3, U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves sentenced Roy Dean Pratt, Jr., 50, for being a felon in possession of firearms. Pratt’s sentence was enhanced because his criminal history classified him as an armed career criminal, which means he had previously been convicted of three or more violent felonies or serious drug offenses. Under federal law, Pratt must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence.

In December, 2015, a jury convicted Pratt of the offense. Testimony at trial established that, in April 2015, Kentucky State Police conducted a search of Pratt’s home and located numerous firearms. Pratt’s prior felony convictions prohibited from possessing the firearms. Pratt has a significant criminal record dating back to 1995.

Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; John R. Cooper, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, Louisville Field Division; and Rodney Brewer, Commissioner of the Kentucky State Police, jointly announced the sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Bradbury prosecuted this case on behalf of the federal government.

Updated March 9, 2016

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