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Jason Anthony Knight Sentenced to Serve Seven Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

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

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On May 25, 2017, Jason Anthony Knight, 45, of Telford, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable Leon Jordan, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 84 months in federal prison. Knight pleaded guilty on June 21, 2016, to being a felon in possession of a firearm.


In his guilty plea on file with U.S. District Court, Knight admitted that in May 2016, he inspected two firearms and purchased one of them, while possessing and controlling both. Authorities later found and seized a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic firearm in the ceiling above Knight’s bed. Knight also admitted that he was a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm.


The Washington County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation leading to the charges, guilty plea and today’s sentence. Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen C.T. 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.




Sharry Dedman-Beard
Public Information Officer

Updated May 25, 2017

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