Johnson Sentenced To 8 Years, 4 Months For Part In Rhea County Gun Theft, Sale To Gang Member

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Christopher D. Johnson has been sentenced to serve eight years and four months in federal prison for his part in the theft of 16 guns from a house in Rhea County and for their disposal - including to a Chattanooga gang member.

Johnson appeared before Judge Sandy Mattice following his earlier guilty plea to possession of a stolen firearm.

Authorities said Johnson was with two men who went into the house on Sept. 26, 2012.

Two days later, a deal was arranged to sell the guns to the gang member. As it turned out, he was working as a confidential informant for the Chattanooga Police Department and the ATF.

Johnson was caught on video on a home surveillance system bringing the stolen firearms to a residence on one of his co-defendants.

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