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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Tennessee

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

William C. Killian, United States Attorney

Contact: Sharry Dedman-Beard, Public Information Officer
(865) 545-4167

Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

GREENEVILLE, Tenn.— On April 11, 2011, Bradlee Thomas, 22, of Mooresburg, Tenn., was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Greeneville, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge, to serve 15 years in prison Thomas pleaded guilty on July 7, 2010, to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. At the time of the arrest of Thomas by the Bean Station Police Department, he was on parole from the Tennessee Department of Corrections for multiple burglaries committed in Grainger and Hamblen counties.

The indictment and subsequent guilty plea by Thomas was the result of an investigation conducted by the Bean Station 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.