For Immediate Release
Friday, July 14, 2017
, United States Attorney
Lawrence J. Laurenzi
Contact: Cherri Green
Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to 15 Years for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Nashville Field Division
Jackson, TN – Preston Bryson, 40, was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the sentence today.
According to information presented in court, on September 1, 2016, members of the West Tennessee Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force, attempted to serve an outstanding parole violation warrant on Bryson in Humboldt, Tennessee, when Bryson fled on foot. Agents apprehended him a short distance away and found methamphetamine and cocaine near where Bryson fled.
Agents later located a North American Arms .22 caliber revolver in the same area after Bryson, in a recorded jail call, admitted that he had thrown a "strap" in the wood line while fleeing from agents.
On July 12, 2017, the Honorable J. Daniel Breen sentenced Bryson, who had three prior serious drug offense convictions, as an Armed Career Offender to 15 years’ confinement and a total of 5 years supervised release to begin after his incarceration.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the West Tennessee Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force; and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, who have all worked jointly to address gun-related crimes through aggressive investigation and prosecution.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Taylor Eskridge prosecuted this case on the government’s behalf.