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Northwest Arkansas Man Sentenced To 7 Years In Federal Prison For Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm

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

Fayetteville, Arkansas – David Clay Fowlkes, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Nicolas Brown, age 40, of Springdale, Arkansas, was sentenced today to 84 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for one count of being a Felon In Possession of a Firearm. The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.

According to court records on June 15, 2020, detectives with the 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force along with Springdale Police Officers executed a search warrant at a residence that Brown had been residing in.  During the search, officers located and seized a handgun, a rifle (reported stolen) and a shot gun (reported stolen), several rounds of ammunition, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. Brown was taken into custody without incident.

Brown was indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2020 and entered a guilty plea in October of 2019.

This case was prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, which is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of firearms, and improving the safety of residents in the Western District of Arkansas.  Participants in the initiative include federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

This case was investigated by the 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Springdale Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Assistant United States Attorney David Harris prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated March 2, 2021

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