Gary Wayne Smallman Sentenced To Serve Six Years In Prison For Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - On Dec. 21, 2015, Gary Wayne Smallman, 44, of Johnson City, Tenn., was sentenced to serve six years in prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release with special conditions of release, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge. During the sentencing hearing Judge Greer noted Smallman's violent criminal history and high risk of recidivism and the need to promote respect for the law as bases for the 72-month prison term.
Smallman pleaded guilty in August 2015 to a federal grand jury indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He has been in federal custody since his arrest in June 2015.
The indictment and subsequent conviction of Smallman was the result of an investigation conducted by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Smith represented the United States.
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 faces.