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Nashville Field Division - 2009 Releases

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Montgomery Man Sentenced to 105 Months in Federal Prison For Illegal Gun Possession

December 22, 2009

Desmond Tyrell Coleman, age 28, of Montgomery, was sentenced in federal district court to 105 months in federal prison for illegal firearms possession, U.S. Attorney Leura G. Canary announced today. Coleman was also sentenced to serve three years of supervised release under the supervision of a federal probation officer after his release from prison. There is no parole from federal prison. More »

Autaugaville Man Indicted and Detained on Federal Gun and Drug Charges

December 22, 2009

William Walter Ohoro, age 46, of Autaugaville, Alabama, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in a four-count indictment for violations of federal drug and firearms laws, U.S. Attorney Leura G. Canary announced today. The indictment charges that on July 28, 2009, Ohoro possessed 17 firearms after being convicted of a felony offense; that he possessed marijuana with intent to distribute, that he possessed methamphetamine, and that he possessed firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. More »

Tennessee Man Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison For Burning Islamic Center

November 23, 2009

Senior Judge Robert L. Echols of the Middle District of Tennessee today sentenced Michael Corey Golden to 14 years and three months in prison and three years of supervised released for vandalizing and burning down the Islamic Center of Columbia, Tenn., the Justice Department announced. Golden pleaded guilty on Nov. 3, 2008, to destruction of religious property and to using fire to commit a felony. More »

Nine Gang Members Charged In 64-Count Indictment

October 27, 2009

Edward M. Yarbrough, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, announced a 64-count indictment, returned by a federal grand jury in Nashville, on October 7, 2009, charging nine individuals with the commission of violent crimes in furtherance of racketeering activity. More »

Tipton County Man Sentenced to Life in Prison After Conviction in Murder for Hire Case

October 22, 2009

On October 22, 2009, Billy Harold Johnson, 50, of Burlison, Tennessee, was sentenced by United States District Judge S. Thomas Anderson to three concurrent terms of Life in prison following his conviction by a federal jury in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee on three counts of violating the murder for hire statute and eight counts of perjury, announced Lawrence J. Laurenzi, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. More »

Army GI Indicted For Illegal Possession Of Military Ordnance

October 1, 2009

Joshua Bartlett Etherton, 29 of Fort Campbell, Ky., has been charged in a two count indictment alleging the illegal possession of military ordnance, announced Lawrence J. Laurenzi, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, and James Cavanaugh, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). More »

Federal Authorities Announce the Indictment of Four Guatemalan Nationals and a Former Metro Nashville Police Officer on Charges of Smuggling Firearms to Guatemala

September 29, 2009

Edward M. Yarbrough, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee; James M. Cavanaugh, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Nashville Field Office; Jon Ruttencutter, Resident Agent in Charge of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Nashville Field Office; and Ronal Serpas, Chief of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, announced the indictment of five Guatemalan nationals, including a former Metropolitan Nashville police officer and three naturalized U.S. citizens, by a federal grand jury in Nashville, Tennessee. More »

Last Defendant in Tennessee Islamic Center Burning Pleads Guilty

September 22, 2009

Eric Ian Baker pleaded guilty today in federal court in Nashville, Tenn., for his role in burning and vandalizing the Islamic Center of Columbia, Tenn., on Feb. 9, 2008. Baker was charged with violating civil rights that protect religious property and for using fire in the commission of a felony. Two other defendants, Michael Corey Golden and Jonathan Edward Stone, had previously pleaded guilty in November 2008 for their roles in the arson. More »

Lavergne, Tenn., Resident Arrested In COnnection With The Sale Of Handgun In McNair Shooting

July 17, 2009

Edward M. Yarbrough, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee; James M. Cavanaugh, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) Nashville Division; Ronal Serpas, Police Chief of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department; and Mark Gwyn, Director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, announced today that Adrian J. Gilliam Jr., 33, of Lavergne, Tenn., was arrested on a federal criminal complaint charging him with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The offense is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. More »

Putnam County Resident Receives 325 Year Sentenced for Soliciting the Murder of Law Enforcement Officers and Informant

July 14, 2009

Edward M. Yarbrough, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, announced that William Vincent Dunn, 34, of Baxter, Tennessee, was sentenced today by United States District Chief Judge Todd Campbell to 325 years in prison for soliciting the murders of a Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy, a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and an informant. More »

Chilton County Man Receives More Than 9 Years in Federal Prison for Murder-for-Hire Plot

April 27, 2009

Douglas Eugene “Gene” Martin, age 54, of Jemison, Alabama, was sentenced in United States District Court in Montgomery to 9 ½ years (114 months) in federal prison as a result of his conviction for murder-for-hire, U.S. Attorney Leura G. Canary announced today. More »

Hoover 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. More »

Shelby 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. More »