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Chattanooga Man Sentenced To 110 Months For Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm In Connection With June 5, 2022, McCallie Avenue Shootings

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

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.  On November 3, 2023, Garrian King, 29, of Chattanooga, TN, was sentenced to 110 months in prison by the Honorable Travis R. McDonough, United States District Judge, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  King was also sentenced to a consecutive two years for violating a federal term of supervised release on an unrelated case.

As part of the plea agreement filed with the court, King pled guilty on April 12, 2023, to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §922(g)(1).  Following his imprisonment, Harris will be on supervised release for 3 years. 

According to court records, King, who had previously been convicted in federal court of being a felon in possession of a firearm, took an Anderson Manufacturing AM-15 AR-pistol with an arm brace from his co-defendant Rodney Harris who had been shot in front of Mary’s Bar and Grill on McCallie Avenue.  King left the scene with the firearm, which law enforcement later recovered.

United States Attorney Francis M. Hamilton, III of the Eastern District of Tennessee; Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); and Special Agent Charge, Joseph E. Carrico, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), made the announcement. 

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Chattanooga Police Department, ATF, and FBI.  Several other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies assisted in the investigation, including the United States Marshals Service, United States Secret Service, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a comprehensive national strategy that creates local partnerships with law enforcement agencies to effectively enforce existing gun laws. It provides more options to prosecutors, allowing them to utilize local, state, and federal laws to ensure that criminals who commit gun crime face tough sentences. PSN gives each federal district the flexibility it needs to focus on individual challenges that a specific community face.

Assistant United States Attorney Christopher D. Poole represented the United States.    



Rachelle Barnes
Public Affairs Officer
(865) 545-4167

Updated November 3, 2023

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