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3 convicted on weapons charges in Washington, Johnson counties

Johnson City Press • Oct 31, 2019 at 5:09 PM

Three area men were convicted of felony weapons-related charges this week, the 1st Judicial District Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday.

— In Washington County, Jimmy Lee Jordan pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. He was sentenced to three years in state prison without parole or sentence reduction. Johnson City police stopped him on the night of Feb. 16 as he rode a minibike on the Tweetsie Trail. The DA’s office said police found 9.2 grams of methamphetamine, $301 cash and a loaded .22 caliber handgun. Following Jordan’s release on the gun charge, he will have an additional four year sentence on probation for a felony methamphetamine possession charge.

— In Johnson County, Joseph Michael Courtner pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony and felony methamphetamine possession. He was sentenced to a total of 15 years in state prison, the first five of which were without parole or sentence reduction. The remaining years will have a 30 percent release eligibility. The DA’s office said Johnson County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a domestic assault call on Dry Hill Road on Dec. 19 and found methamphetamine, $12,000 cash, and a shotgun and a rifle inside a closet.

— Also in Johnson County, a jury convicted Matthew Perry of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon after the Sheriff’s Department investigated a report a shot fired at 182 Popular Ridge Road on Dec. 28, 2017. Because of Perry’s criminal record in Florida, which includes aggravated assault and a felony drug conviction, the DA’s office expects his sentencing range to be 12 to 20 years that would be nonprobatable. His sentencing was set for Dec. 17 in Mountain City.

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