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Atlanta Field Division - 2009 Releases

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Former Assistant Chief of Jefferson Police Department Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm While Being an Illegal Drug User

December 21, 2009

DENNIS LAMAR THOMAS, 50, of Jefferson, Georgia, was sentenced today by United States District Judge William C. O’Kelley to serve one year in federal prison on charges of possession of a firearm while being an illegal drug user. More »

Fort Benning Arsonist Sentenced

October 21, 2009

Officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) and Fort Benning announced today the sentencing of a former Army civilian employee responsible for burning down the Fort Benning Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) building on Feb. 6, 2009. More »

Three-Time Convicted Felon Sentenced to 15 Years For Possession of Ammunition

October 7, 2009

William Thomas Mason, 54, of Banks County, Georgia, was sentenced by United States District Judge William C. O’Kelley to serve 15 years in federal prison on a charge of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. More »

Three Indicted For Theft Of 40 Firearms From Store

August 18, 2009

LONNY GRAVITT, 41, his son, LINDSAY GRAVITT, 22, and JOSEPH TANTURRI, 24, all of Cartersville, Georgia, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges relating to the theft of 40 weapons from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Jasper, Georgia. LONNY GRAVITT and LINDSEY GRAVITT were arraigned today before United States Magistrate Judge Susan S. Cole in Gainesville. More »

Armed Career Criminal Sentenced To 30 Years In Federal Prison For Drug Trafficing, Possession And Use Of Firearms, And Assault On A Deputy United States Marshal

August 4, 2009

MARLANDOW JEFFRIES, 28, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Richard W. Story to serve 30 years in prison on charges of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, assault on a Deputy United States Marshal with a deadly weapon, and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. More »

Grovetown Man Sentenced To 65 Months Imprisonment As Part Of Project Ceasefire Initiative

July 29, 2009

Edmund A. Booth, Jr., United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, announced that, as part of the Project Ceasefire initiative, Michael Andrew White of Grovetown, Georgia was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by United States District Judge J. Randal Hall to 65 months imprisonment on his conviction. White had previously entered a guilty plea to Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Convicted Felon. More »

Savannah Man Sentenced To 170 Months Imprisonment For Carjacking Conviction

July 24, 2009

Edmund A. Booth, Jr., United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, announced today that Juwan Leonard Hall, age 23, of 19 Burke Avenue, Savannah, Georgia, was sentenced to 170 months imprisonment in U.S. District Court by U.S. District Judge B. Avant Edenfield. Hall had previously entered a guilty plea to Carjacking on February 24, 2009. More »

Straw-Purchaser Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

July 20, 2009

Edmund A. Booth, Jr., United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, announced that Tonya Denise Williams, convicted on March 9, 2009, of Making a False Statement in the Acquisition of Firearms, was sentenced today by United States District Judge J. Randal Hall, to 24 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and fined $2,000. More »

Arson Defendant Enters Guilty Pleas

July 17, 2009

Maxwell Wood, United States Attorney announced that Shwana Topekia Pierce, age 31, of Columbus, Georgia entered a guilty plea on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 before the Honorable Clay Land, United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia. More »

Atlanta Man Sentenced To Over Two Decades In Prison For Heroin Trafficking

July 14, 2009

ROGER HAMMOND, 30, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Timothy C. Batten to serve over 23 years in federal prison on a charge of heroin trafficking. More »

Georgia Theatre Fire Investigation Concluded

June 25, 2009

The Athens-Clarke County Fire & Emergency Services Department; along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office; have concluded the fire investigation at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia. The fire occurred on Friday, June 19, 2009. More »

ATF National Response Team Activated to Investigate Georgia Theatre Fire

June 22, 2009

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team, along with ATF special agents from the Atlanta Field Division, have entered the investigation of a commercial fire that occurred on Friday, June 19, at the historic Georgia Theatre in Athens. More »

ATF Hosts Inter-American Defense College During Atlanta Field Visit

April 25, 2009

A delegation of Latin American officials recently visited ATF facilities in Atlanta as employees showcased ATF’s mission in countering violent crime and terrorism in the international arena. In April, approximately 90 participants of the Inter-American Defense College (IADC) were on hand, to include senior military and government officials from Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru and Uruguay. More »

Sixty Individuals Indicted on Federal Charges Following Undercover Storefront Investigation

April 14, 2009

Edmund A. Booth, Jr., United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, announced that a federal grand jury during the months of March and April, returned 34 indictments against 60 defendants, for a combined total of 425 counts related primarily to firearm and drug offenses. More »

Clifford Harris, a.k.a “T.I.,” Sentenced to Prison on Federal Firearms Charges

March 27, 2009

Clifford J. Harris Jr., a.k.a. “T.I.,” 27, of College Park, Ga., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr. on charges of unlawfully possessing machine guns and silencers and possession of firearms by a convicted felon, announced David Nahmias, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. More »

Two Defendants Sentenced on Federal Convictions Arising From Undercover Storefront Investigation

March 17, 2009

Edmund A. Booth, Jr., United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, announced that two defendants convicted of federal crimes arising from the successful undercover storefront operation entitled “Augusta Ink,” were sentenced on March 16,2009 in U.S. District Court in Augusta. More »

Felon With a Gun Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

February 26, 2009

SANTOS PRICE, 41, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Julie E. Carnes to serve 15 years in prison on a charge of possessing a weapon as a convicted felon. More »

Former Club Manager Convicted by Jury in Strip Club Arson Plot

February 25, 2009

A jury late today convicted BOYD SMITH, 40, of Atlanta, Georgia, on a charge of conspiring to commit an arson at “Club Onyx,” an adult entertainment establishment in Atlanta. SMITH was immediately remanded into custody and awaits sentencing. More »

ATF Doubles Reward for Information on Fort Benning J.A.G. Office Building Fire

February 10, 2009

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today announced that they are offering an additional $5,000 for information that would assist investigators in determining the cause of the fire that occurred on Feb. 6, at the Ft. Benning Judge Advocate General (J.A.G.) Office building. More »

ATF National Response Team Activated to Army J.A.G. Office Building Fire

February 9, 2009

At the request of the United States Army, Criminal Investigation Command, the National Response Team (NRT) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with ATF special agents from the Atlanta Field Division, have entered into the investigation of a fire that occurred on the Fort Benning U.S. Army post. More »

Subject Arrested in Church Arson

January 30, 2009

A three-year joint investigation by Sheriff's Investigators and Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has netted an arrest. Maurice Arnold, 24, of Dacula, was arrested on 01.28.2009 by the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with arson, conspiracy to commit arson, and vandalism to a place of worship. More »

Atlanta K-9 Teams Work With Security Team in Tampa for Super Bowl

January 30, 2009

Not everyone participating in this year’s Super Bowl is a football player. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has fielded its best players to help prepare for a safe and secure Super Bowl XLIII. These pros include ATF K-9 explosives detection teams that have been deployed to Tampa from around the country. More »

Fulton County K-9 Teams Work With Security Team in Tampa for Super Bowl

January 30, 2009

Not everyone participating in this year’s Super Bowl is a football player. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has fielded its best players to help prepare for a safe and secure Super Bowl XLIII. These pros include ATF K-9 explosives detection teams that have been deployed to Tampa from around the country. More »

Chatham County K-9 Teams Work With Security Team in Tampa for Super Bowl

January 30, 2009

Not everyone participating in this year’s Super Bowl is a football player. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has fielded its best players to help prepare for a safe and secure Super Bowl XLIII. These pros include ATF K-9 explosives detection teams that have been deployed to Tampa from around the country. More »

Spigner, Wife Sentenced in Drug, Gun Case Code Named “Quarter to Eight”

January 22, 2009

STEVEN SPIGNER, 40, a/k/a “Old Boy,” “Slim,” and “Steve-O,” and his wife, YOJUANA SPIGNER, 31, a/k/a “Wanda,” both of Snellville, Georgia, were sentenced today by United States District Judge Richard W. Story on charges relating to a multi-state drug trafficking organization, which utilized weapons in furtherance of the drug trafficking, and money laundering. More »

Rabun County Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Making Threatening Phone Call

January 22, 2009

THOMAS NARRON Sr., 44, of Rebecca, Georgia, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge William C. O’Kelley on a charge of making threatening communications. More »