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.

 


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AKINS, JAMIE ALISON  5862 DAYTON BLVD APT 2 CHATTANOOGA, 37415  Age at Arrest: 48 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ASSAULT --- BARNES, STEVEN LOUIS  HOMELESS CHATTANOOGA, 37403  Age at Arrest: 50 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga PUBLIC INTOXICATION --- BENFORD, ... (click for more)

Men Sentenced For Conspiracy To Use Weapons Of Mass Destruction

Brian Cannon, Terry Peace and Cory Williamson have been sentenced for conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction in attacks against federal government agencies.  The defendants planned to attack critical infrastructure while motivating militia groups in other states to rise up and join them in removing government officials who they believed had exceeded their Constitutional ... (click for more)

Vote To Save Graduate Medical Education Funding

As a resident physician at UT College of Medicine Chattanooga, I know first-hand the impact Medicare financing for Graduate Medical Education has on physician education and access to care for patients in our community and communities all over the country.  GME funding provides medical school graduates the opportunity to complete the required years of clinical residency training ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Black Lives Matter’ To Me

Between the time a 14-year-old boy was shot four times late Sunday afternoon on 7 th Street and a 20-year-old reputed gang member was killed Tuesday night on Willow Street, there appeared in my morning reading an article on “Black Lives Matter.” I read it because I mourn over what the black community continues to struggle with in both our city and our country. It is an article, ... (click for more)

Cleveland Hangs On To Beat East Hamilton, 18-15

Cleveland built an 18-0 lead – the third score came on Skyler Davis’ 91-yard interception return in the third quarter – and then had to hold on as East Hamilton mounted a comeback that fell just short in the Blue Raiders’ 18-15 victory Friday night at East Hamilton. Davis’ big defensive play gave the Blue Raiders the needed points to pull out the victory. “That was great,” ... (click for more)

Tyner Shocks Notre Dame In Overtime Thriller

Oh, what a difference a year makes. The Tyner Rams only won two football games a year ago and didn't make the playoffs for the first time in coach Wayne Turner's 24 years as their head coach. Now a season later, the Rams have equaled last year's win total, the latest being a 27-21 overtime victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a game where there were more momentum ... (click for more)