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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 3, 2016

Jury Convicts Brandon Scott Woodley In Federal Court Of Being A Convicted Felon In Possession Of Ammunition

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On June 2, 2016, after a two-day trial in U.S District Court, a federal jury convicted Brandon Scott Woodley, 34, of Knoxville, Tenn., of knowingly possessing ammunition after having previously been convicted of a felony.  Woodley has been in custody since his arrest in September 2015, following an August 2015 shooting in a west Knoxville hotel parking lot.  Witnesses testified at trial that Woodley shot a co-worker during an argument and fled the scene with the gun; however, some ammunition from the shooting was recovered in the parking lot.

In 2009 Woodley pleaded guilty in the same court of being a convicted felon in possession of a cache of firearms. 

Sentencing was set for Oct. 3, 2016, before the Honorable R. Leon Jordan, Senior U.S District Court Judge.  Woodley faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, plus another two years in prison for violating the supervised release he was serving following his prison sentence for the 2009 conviction. 

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Knoxville Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Morris 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. 

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Updated June 6, 2016