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Two Johnson City men sentenced in federal court

Staff report • Apr 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Two Johnson City men were sentenced to prison in U.S. District Court in Greeneville Friday.

Carlton Arthur Waite, 38, Johnson City, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for his part in a drug and money laundering conspiracy, according to the Department of Justice.

Waite was stopped in Texas for a traffic violation. There was almost $9,000 cash in his car. According to a Department of Justice news release, this cash was to be used to buy nine ounces of cocaine that would be distributed in Tennessee.

In a separate sentencing Michael Travis Brandon, 26, Johnson City, was sentenced to 10 years in prison due to several 2009 firearm incidents.

According to the Department of Justice, Brandon, assaulted his girlfriend in May 2009 with a knife, his hands and other items. The girlfriend, who was not named, fled to a neighbor’s house to get help for her and her children. Brandon went to the neighbor’s house with a gun and threatened to kill one of the neighbors, his girlfriend and the children, according to the news release.

Police arrived and Brandon fled. He was found a few months later.

A search of Brandon’s home yielded four weapons, one of which was an assault rifle with an attached bayonet. Two of these weapons were reported stolen.

The Department of Justice also said in a news release that in March 2009 Brandon pointed a gun at another person and fired shots in the air in the parking lot of a Johnson City nightclub.

Brandon had previously been convicted of assault on three other occasions before either of these two instances, according to the release.

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