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Hot Springs Man Sentenced To 15 Years in Federal Prison for Firearms Possession

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Arkansas

HOT SPRINGS – A Hot Springs man was sentenced yesterday to 180 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release on one count Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person – Felon.  The Honorable Chief Judge Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Hot Springs.

According to court documents, in June of 2020, an Officer with the Hot Springs Police Department conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle being operated by Carl Lee Tate, Sr, age 44.  The Officer determined that Tate was a convicted felon on parole through the State of Arkansas and that Tate had a search waiver on file.  The Officer searched Tate’s vehicle and located, among other things, a loaded handgun, methamphetamine, and digital scales. 

This case was investigated by the Hot Springs Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorney Bryan Achorn prosecuted the case for the Western District of Arkansas.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Related court documents may be found on the Public Access to Electronic Records website @


Contact: Charlie Robbins

Public Affairs Officer

Updated June 7, 2024