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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Tennessee

For Immediate Release

Monday, March 28, 2011

William C. Killian, United States Attorney

Contact: Sharry Dedman-Beard, Public Information Officer

Dandridge Resident Sentenced to Over Fifteen Years in Prison for Possession of Firearms

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Jason Scott Morgan, 32, of Dandridge, Tenn., was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Greeneville, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, United States District Judge, to serve 15 ½ years in federal prison. The sentence was the result of a guilty plea by Morgan on November 3, 2010, to being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. Because Morgan had seven prior burglary convictions, he qualified as an Armed Career Criminal under federal law.

The indictment and subsequent conviction of Morgan was the result of an investigation conducted by the Morristown Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert M. Reeves represented the United States.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a comprehensive national strategy that creates local partnerships with law enforcement agencies to effectively enforce existing gun laws. It provides more options to prosecutors, allowing them to utilize local, state, and federal laws to ensure that criminals who commit gun crime face tough sentences. PSN gives each federal district the flexibility it needs to focus on individual challenges that a specific community faces.