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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Tennessee

For Immediate Release

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Nancy Stallard Harr (Acting)
, United States Attorney
Contact: Sharry Dedman-Beard

Johnson City Man Sentenced For Federal Gun Offense

Awaits State Trial for Murder

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On March 23, 2016, Jamarcus Lavelle Jackson, 26, of Johnson City, Tenn., was sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 120 months in federal prison. Jackson was previously convicted at trial of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

In March 2014, officers with the Johnson City Police Department responded to a shooting at the Battery, a bar/restaurant located downtown. Upon arrival, officers found Jackson being restrained by a group of people. Several victims, all suffering gunshot wounds, were also discovered. When interviewed, numerous witnesses identified Jackson as the shooter and recalled seeing him leave the scene, only to return minutes later to commit the shooting. Testimony at trial showed that Jackson had left to retrieve the instant firearm from his vehicle. As he began shooting, witnesses tackled and subdued him, forcibly removing the gun from his hand. He was placed under arrest once police arrived. One victim died of his wounds. Three other victims recovered from their injuries.

Jackson will now return to state court where he faces charges of first degree murder, attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment.

This investigation was the product of a partnership between the Johnson City Police Department, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick Regalia and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Corey Shipley represented the United States.

Field Division: Nashville Field Division