TN man sentenced to more than 3 years in prison on gun charges

TN man sentenced to more than 3 years in prison on gun charges
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UNION CITY, TN (KFVS) - A Union City, Tennessee man was sentenced to more than three years in prison on gun charges.

Scotty Lynn Ables, 30, was sentenced to 37 months on two felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In December 2016, ATF agents working with a confidential informant in Pemiscot County, Mo., were investigating the distribution of controlled substances and guns. On Dec. 15, the informant made an arrangement for the possible sale of a gun from Ables to the informant.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the informant met with Ables in Ables' car in Pemiscot County for the purchase. Ables placed a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol on the console of the vehicle for the informant to inspect. The informant bought the gun from Ables for $350.

According to the Attorney's Office, the pistol was previously reported stolen.

On Dec. 26, the informant bought a second pistol from Ables in Pemiscot County. At that time, the informant paid $325 for a Smith & Wesson 9mm caliber pistol.

Ables has previous felony convictions for sexual assault and failure to register as a sex offender.

At his plea on April 10, 2018, Ables admitted that he had both guns before the purchases by the confidential informant.

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The case was investigated by the Caruthersville, Mo. Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Keith D. Sorrell handled the prosecution for the government.

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