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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 29, 2014

Lonnie Greer, Jr. Sentenced For Being A Felon In Possession Of Firearms

GREENEVILLE, TN – On Sept. 29, 2014, Lonnie Gene Greer, Jr., 36, of Jonesborough, Tenn., was sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge, to serve 180 months in federal prison. Upon his release from prison, Greer will be subject to supervision by the U.S. Probation Office for three years. There is no parole in the federal system.

Greer pleaded guilty to possession of firearms after having been previously convicted of a felony offense. He had been previously convicted of multiple aggravated burglaries in Washington County.

Greer was the subject of a firearms trafficking investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. His possession of firearms was discovered after he was arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for evading arrest. Further investigation confirmed that Greer sold multiple firearms, which he admitted were sometimes traded for illegally obtained prescription narcotics.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the joint investigation included the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Gregory Bowman 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.

Updated March 18, 2015