Kingsport Man Convicted of Firearm Charge in Federal Court

Eric Eugene Robinson, 55, of Kingsport, Tennessee, was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Greeneville, Tenn. – On April 3, 2024, following a two day trial in United States District Court in the Eastern District of Tennessee at Greeneville, before the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, United States District Judge, a federal jury convicted Eric Eugene Robinson, 55, of Kingsport, Tennessee, of being a felon in possession of a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. §922(g)(3).

Sentencing is set for July 22, 2024, at 9:00 a.m., before Judge Greer in United States District Court in Greeneville, Tennessee. Robinson faces a sentence of a minimum of 15 years, up to life, in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to five years.

The evidence and testimony presented during the trial showed that in early September of 2020, surveillance was conducted at a residence in Kingsport, which determined that Robinson, a convicted felon, was in possession of a firearm. A search warrant was executed at the residence by the Kingsport Police Department and, during the search, a 9mm pistol, with a loaded magazine, was located beneath a couch in the living room of the residence. An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) testified that the firearm was manufactured in Brazil and imported into Bainbridge, Georgia, before ultimately arriving in Tennessee.

United States Attorney Francis M. Hamilton, III of the Eastern District of Tennessee made the announcement.

Kingsport Police Department officer Mike Slater, formerly a Task Force Officer assigned to the ATF led the investigation with assistance from agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the ATF.

Assistant United States Attorney B. Todd Martin and Special Assistant United States Attorney AnCharlene Davis represented the United States at trial.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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