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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Russellville Felon Pleads Guilty to Possessing Illegal Sawed-Off Shotgun

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Russellville, Kentucky, man, Tracy Green Baskerville, pled guilty before United States District Judge Greg N. Stivers this week to being a felon possessing an unregistered sawed-off shotgun, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.

Baskerville, age 44, pled guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of an unregistered modified firearm. The Russellville man faces 15 years to life in federal prison, a $500,000 fine and five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

According to court records, on April 27, 2015, the Russellville Police Department and the Logan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call from Baskerville’s mother’s residence. During the call with 911, a woman could be heard pleading for someone to “put down the gun.” An investigation by officers revealed Baskerville had threatened to kill his girlfriend and brother. A search of the residence, consented to by Baskerville’s mother, revealed a Harrington and Richardson, Inc. Model 088, .20 gauge sawed off shotgun with a barrel length of 6 ¼ inches and an overall length of 9 inches as well as one round of .20 gauge ammunition. Logan County Sheriff’s Office officials arrested Baskerville. Shotguns must have an overall length of 26 inches, and barrel of no less than 18 inches. 

While at the Logan County Jail on April 27, 2015, Baskerville admitted to law enforcement officials that the sawed-off shotgun belonged to him, but he denied altering the firearm at that time. Baskerville also admitted he was a multi-convicted felon on probation for manufacturing Methamphetamine.

Sentencing has been scheduled in Bowling Green on November 15, 2018.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jo. E. Lawless. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Logan County Sheriff’s Office and Russellville Police Department conducted the investigation.

 

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Updated August 23, 2018