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Firearms charge results in 4-year sentence

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

ABINGDON — A 63-year-old Troutdale man will spend four years of his life in a federal prison for possessing weapons as a convicted felon.
Jerry Melvin Jenkins appeared in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on Aug. 30 after having entered a guilty plea to a single count of possessing firearms and ammunition.
This comes after Jenkins had been previously "convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year and while being an unlawful user of and addicted to a controlled substance," according to the indictment.
At the time of his Dec. 2, 2009, arrest, Jenkins was in possession of a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol; a Savage 30.06 caliber bolt action rifle; a Marlin 30-30 caliber lever action rifle; a Henry Repeating Arms .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle; 30.06 Remington ammunition; .40 caliber Winchester ammunition and clip and more, according to the court papers.
Judge James Jones sentenced Jenkins to 48 months in prison, with three years supervised release.
Jenkins can not own any firearms and must submit to warrantless searches of his home and person to verify this, according to court papers.