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Multiple-Time Felon Sentenced To 101 Months In Federal Prison For Two Firearms Convictions

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Georgia

United States Attorney G. F. “Pete” Peterman, III, announces that William Hampton Tedrick, age 34, from Madison County, Georgia, was sentenced on May 2, 2017 to serve 101 months in federal prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The sentence was handed down by United States District Court Judge C. Ashley Royal in Athens, Georgia.

In his plea agreement, Mr. Tedrick admitted to criminal conduct on two occasions. First, Mr. Tedrick admitted that on February 12, 2015, he and a companion were stopped by the Athens Clarke County Police Department following a tip from a confidential informant. Mr. Tedrick fled on foot from the officers, but he was quickly apprehended. A subsequent search of Mr. Tedrick and his vehicle revealed U.S. currency, hypodermic needles, plastic jewelry bags, methamphetamine, a digital scale, Xanax pills, and a loaded pistol.

Mr. Tedrick also admitted that on October 28, 2015, he was found to be in possession of a shotgun and three pistols during a Department of Community Supervision compliance check on another individual and her residence. At the time, Mr. Tedrick had four prior felony convictions for firearms and narcotics charges, and he was prohibited from possessing any firearms.

The case was investigated by the Athens Clarke County Police Department and the Department of Community Supervision. Assistant United States Attorney Peter D. Leary prosecuted the case for the government.

United States Attorney Peterman stated, “Mr. Tedrick is precisely the type of person who should not be carrying a weapon, period. With the proliferation of gun violence against law enforcement officers and others in this district in the past few months, any such prohibited person can expect vigorous prosecution by this office with resulting sentences of this nature. Our message is clear: unlawful possession of a firearm means time in prison.“

Questions concerning this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.

Updated May 4, 2017

Firearms Offenses