Michael Carnes sentenced to prison for federal gun charge

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    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - A Springdale man is sentenced to nine years for federal firearms violation.

    Michael Carnes, 33 of Springdale, was sentenced for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He pled guilty in Nov. 2012. Along with prison time, Carnes was sentenced to three years of supervised release and a $12,500 find.

    Carnes was stopped by Fayetteville police July 9, 2012 for driving erratically. Carnes consented to a search and that's when police found a handgun, knife, and $4,000. Carnes admitted to being a convicted felon (possession with intent to deliver and carrying a prohibited weapon out of Benton) and was arrested.

    At a later search of Carnes' home, authorities found two more firearms, methamphetamine, a drug ledger, and $7,900.

    United States Attorney Conner Eldridge stated, "We remain committed to investigating and prosecuting felons in possession of firearms in order to keep our communities throughout the Western District of Arkansas safe from drugs and violence."

    This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, which is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of firearms and improving the safety of residents in the Western District of Arkansas. Participants in the initiative include federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

    This case was investigated by the Fayetteville Police Department, the 4th Judicial Drug Task Force, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Harris prosecuted the case for the United States.

    (Source: United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas)

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