An East Tennessee man has been sentenced to 79 months in federal prison today after pleading guilty to possessing stolen firearms in October 2016.

Rodney Shackleford, 26, of Cosby, Tennessee, and his two accomplices burglarizing a Newport home and stole, among other things, seven firearms. One of the firearms included a high-capacity magazine capable of holding 30 rounds of ammunition. 

Two accomplices of Shackleford, James Summers, 26, and Tiffany Gentry, 32, both of Newport Tennessee, were indicted in October 2016 and also charged with possession of stolen firearms. Additionally, Summers was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and Gentry was charged with lying to the government.  

Summers previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced in November 2017 to serve 84 months in federal prison. Gentry also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation.

According to the plea agreement on file with U.S. District Court, in February 2016, the stolen firearms were loaded into a vehicle belonging to Gentry and driven back to the motel where they all resided.  Summers and Gentry made an agreement to sell the firearms to a relative of Gentry and use the proceeds to purchase illegal narcotics.  

The Cocke County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were among the agencies involved in the investigation. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a national strategy that creates local partnerships with law enforcement agencies to more effectively enforce existing gun laws.  It provides more options to prosecutors, allowing them to utilize local, state, and federal laws to ensure that criminals who commit gun crime face tough sentences.