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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Kentucky

Friday, September 27, 2013

Three Time Convicted Felon From Nicholasville Sentenced To 15 Years For Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm

LEXINGTON, KY - Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Stuart L. Lowrey, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Barry Waldrop, Nicholasville Police Chief and Kevin Corman, Jessamine County Sheriff, jointly announced today that a man with several prior felony convictions was sentenced for a firearm offense.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves sentenced 35 year-old Troy Lee Mellott to 15 years in prison for possessing a firearm after having been previously convicted of a felony offense. Under federal law, convicted felons are prohibited from possessing firearms.

Judge Reeves enhanced Mellott’s sentence because Mellott’s criminal history classified him as an “armed career criminal.” Defendants become armed career criminals when they are convicted of unlawfully possessing a firearm after having convictions for three or more violent felonies or serious drug offenses. Because Mellott is an armed career criminal, he was subject by law to the minimum statutory sentence of 15 years to up to life imprisonment.

Mellott admitted that on December 10, 2012, he unlawfully possessed a .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol that he pawned at a pawn shop in Nicholasville, KY.

Mellott pleaded guilty to the charges in June of 2013.

Under federal law, Mellott must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence and will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for three years following the completion of his prison term.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The U.S. Attorney’s Office was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hydee R. Hawkins and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney John Hayne.

Updated November 25, 2015