Chattanooga Man Sentenced for Firearm and Drug Possession

Christian J. Williams received a 75-month prison sentence for possessing a machinegun and fentanyl.

On June 20, 2024, Christian J. Williams, aged 22, was sentenced to 75 months in prison by Judge Charles E. Atchley, Jr., in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Following his incarceration, Williams will be on supervised release for three years.

Williams pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a machinegun, in violation of Title 18, U.S.C. § 922(o), and one count of possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute, in violation of Title 21, U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C).

Court documents reveal that in December 2021, Chattanooga Police Officers attempted to stop a stolen vehicle. After the vehicle crashed, Williams fled on foot from the passenger side. Officers apprehended him and found fentanyl pills and a Glock Model 27 .40 caliber pistol with a machinegun conversion device, known as a “switch.” This device allows the firearm to fire multiple rounds with a single trigger pull and is classified as a machine gun under the National Firearms Act.

The sentence announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton III of the Eastern District of Tennessee and ATF Special Agent Marcus Watson. The case was investigated by the ATF Chattanooga Field Office, the ATF Firearms Technology Branch, and the Chattanooga Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin T. Brown.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program aimed at reducing violent crime and gun violence. The program focuses on fostering community trust, supporting violence prevention organizations, setting strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring results.

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