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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Tennessee

For Immediate Release

Monday, September 26, 2011

William C. Killian, United States Attorney

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

Elizabethton Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

GREENEVILLE, Tenn — Brandon Douglas Honeycutt, 26, Elizabethton, Tenn., was sentenced today in U.S. District Court, to serve 15 years in prison, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge. The sentence was the result of a guilty plea by Honeycutt on May 5, 2011, to a federal grand jury indictment filed on November 9, 2010, charging him with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. At the time of his arrest by the Elizabethton Police Department, Honeycutt had been convicted of nearly 50 offenses in Carter County. He was on parole for multiple burglaries in Carter County at the time of this offense.

On September 14, 2011, Elizabethton Police Department officers searched Honeycutt’s residence for items taken in a burglary at Doe River Auto Sales. During the search, the officers located a loaded Davis, model P380, .380 caliber semi–automatic pistol along with other items taken in the burglary.

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian pledged the continued support of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in focusing on dangerous repeat offenders such as Honeycutt. U.S. Attorney Killian also praised the cooperative efforts of the local and federal investigating agencies.

The indictment and subsequent guilty plea by Honeycutt were the result of an investigation conducted by the Elizabethton Police Department, Carter County Sheriff’s Department, 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 crimes face tough sentences. PSN gives each federal district the flexibility it needs to focus on individual challenges that a specific community faces.