MACON, Ga. – A convicted felon living in Athens, Georgia was sentenced to serve more than nine years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm, said Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.
Anthony Holloway, 28, of Athens was sentenced by U.S. District Judge C. Ashley Royal on Monday, August 24 to serve 110 months in prison after he pleaded guilty in June to one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. There is no parole in the federal system.
Police executed a search warrant at an Athens apartment in August 2019 for distribution of heroin and other drug trafficking. Holloway was inside the residence and had a loaded semi-automatic pistol. Police also found cocaine and other drug paraphernalia, as well as cash. Holloway, a convicted felon, admitted that the firearm belonged to him and that he knew it was illegal for him to possess the Ruger, model LCP, .380 semi-automatic pistol.
“It is illegal for convicted felons to possess firearms and the consequence is prison. Let me be very clear to those who are breaking this law: Our office will prosecute felons caught in possession of guns,” said Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. “Removing firearms from the hands of convicted felons is part of a common sense strategy to reduce violent crime and make our communities safer. I want to thank the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and the Northeast Georgia Regional Drug Task Force for their work in this case.”
This gun cases are part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
The gun cases are also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see https://www.justice.gov/projectguardian.
This case was investigated by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and the Northeast Georgia Regional Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Easterling prosecuted the case for the Government. Questions can be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603 or Melissa Hodges, Public Affairs Director (Contractor), United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 765-2362.