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A Springdale man was sentenced Monday to nine years' prison for illegal possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge said in a release Tuesday.

Michael Carnes, who had previously been convicted of a felony and who pleaded guilty to the firearm charge in November, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and a $12,500 fine.

Fayetteville police pulled Carnes over in a traffic stop July 9. Because of Carnes' erratic behavior, police asked to search his vehicle, which resulted in the discovery of a handgun, a knife and $4,000, Eldridge said. After admitting he was a felon, Carnes was arrested.

Police later searched his home, finding two firearms, methamphetamine, a drug ledger and $7,900.

Carnes' previous conviction was in Benton County for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and carrying a prohibited weapon.

"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," Eldridge said in the release.

Carnes' case was part of the Department of Justice's Protect Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, aimed at reducing gun and gang violence and deterring illegal possession of firearms.

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    February 26, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.

    GOOD... THIS is the how you enforce laws already on the books instead of making new ones like a buch of morons.

  • SF72764
    February 26, 2013 at 12:07 p.m.

    Exactly. He should have gotten 15 years and 15 years supervision

  • kevinboothmed
    February 26, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.

    If ALL of the US Attorneys would prosecute these cases crime would dramatically decrease. All I hear is that we need more gun control but the federal government won't prosecute the real criminals.

  • GiveUsLiberty
    February 26, 2013 at 3:19 p.m.

    Prosecution is the FIRST STEP. Keeping the felons in prison is the NEXT STEP!!! We do not need any new gun laws, just dedicated Prosecutors and Judges who will enforce the laws already on the books (nice if we could do the same for immigration).

  • Ran2133
    February 26, 2013 at 5:26 p.m.

    I read lots of different publications and this is the first time I have read where a criminal was prosecuted for illegally possessing a firearm. I have read numerous articles where a suspect was charged but never any follow up on any resolution of the charges! I have read of such charges being dismissed later during a plea deal! Most often prosecutors don't do their job on these cases!