Bledsoe County Man Gets 42-Month Federal Prison Term For Gun Possession

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Bledsoe County man has been ordered to serve 42 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a weapon.

Bobby Lynn Smith Jr., 34, appeared before Federal Judge Curtis Collier.

Smith was on probation out of state court when there was a search of his home on April 26, 2013.

Authorities said there was a strong odor of meth coming from his bedroom. They found a revolver hanging on his bed and a rifle and two shotguns in a closet.

Attorney Howard Upchurch said Smith is an addict, but has never received drug treatment. He noted that since he was convicted on a gun charge and not a drug charge that he could not get a year off his sentence by going through the 500-hour drug abuse program.

Judge Collier advised him to go through the program anyway, saying if he remains an addict "you won't be worth anything to yourself or to anyone else."

Despite his criminal record, attorney Upchurch said Smith had mainly avoided jail time in state court.

Judge Collier noted at one time Smith had threatened that he "was going to kill the law" and on another he was driving while intoxicated with a loaded shotgun in his vehicle.

His sentencing range was 37-46 months.

Smith said while he has been at the Bradley County Jail for the past year he has begun regularly going to church services. He said he wants to eventually gain his release and be a good father.

 



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