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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cosby Resident Sentenced to Serve Ten Years in Prison For Possession of Marijuana For Distribution and Violation of Supervised Release

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. –George Mooneyham, 57, of Cosby, Tenn., was sentenced on Nov. 16, 2016, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 120 months in federal prison. 

In July 2016, Mooneyham pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.  At the time of the investigation into his distribution of marijuana, Mooneyham was already under the supervision of a federal probation officer, following service of a prison sentence for his 2004 conviction for distribution of cocaine in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.  Mooneyham’s participation in new criminal activity was a violation of the terms of his supervised release.  The court sentenced Mooneyham to 60 months for the marijuana distribution conviction and to a consecutive 60 months for violation of the terms of his supervised release for a net effective sentence of 120 months. 

Agencies involved in this investigation included the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshal Service, and U.S. Probation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney, J. Gregory Bowman, represented the United States.                                               

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Updated November 16, 2016