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

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Stephen Leon Williams Sentenced To 90 Months On Federal Drug And Gun Charges

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Stephen Leon Williams, 62, of Kingsport, Tenn., was sentenced on Dec. 18, 2013, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 90 months in federal prison. Williams was convicted for his participation in an oxycodone conspiracy centered in the Kingsport, Tenn., area of the Eastern District of Tennessee and for selling a firearm to an undercover agent.

In February 2013, Williams sold 55 oxycodone pills to an individual working on behalf of law enforcement. In March 2013, Williams sold another 5 oxycodone pills to this individual and in a subsequent transaction on the same day, sold a .38 caliber handgun and a clip with six rounds to an undercover law enforcement agent. Overall, Williams stipulated that he conspired to distribute approximately 2,250 (30 mg) oxycodone pills between June 2011 and June 2013.

Williams was on parole at the time he committed these offenses from a 1981 first degree murder conviction in Hawkins County. Within a fairly short amount of time after being granted parole on the murder conviction, Williams became involved in the trafficking of oxycodone. After completing his 90 month federal sentence, Williams still faces revocation of his parole on his murder conviction.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the investigation which led to the indictment and subsequent conviction of Williams include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and Kingsport Police Department, all of which provided invaluable assistance during the course of the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Taylor represented the United States.

U.S. Attorney William C. Killian stated, “We are pleased with the sentence in this case and believe it reflects the seriousness of the crimes committed.”

Updated March 18, 2015