GREENEVILLE — An Elizabethton man was sentenced Tuesday to nearly eight years in federal prison on a firearms charge.
Tony Dale Arnold, 47, had pleaded guilty in May to a federal indictment charging him with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Judge Ronnie Greer sentenced Arnold to 94 months in prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced in a news release. Arnold had been convicted of more than 30 crimes in Carter County, and he was found in possession of a firearm stolen that had been stolen in Carter County.
The indictment resulted from an investigation conducted by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a 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, according to the news release.