KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On July 12, 2017, Brandon Scott Woodley, 35, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable Leon R. Jordan, Senior U.S. District Judge, to serve 120 months in prison for knowingly possessing ammunition after having been previously convicted of a felony. Woodley was convicted in December 2016 after a jury trial in federal court.
Woodley has been in custody since his arrest in September 2015, following a shooting in a west Knoxville hotel parking lot in August 2015. Witnesses testified at trial that Woodley shot a co-worker during an argument and tried to shoot the victim a second time, but the gun jammed. Woodley fled the scene and the firearm was never recovered; however, some ammunition from the shooting was recovered in the parking lot. The victim was hospitalized after the shooting, but has fully recovered.
At the time of the offense, Woodley was serving a three-year term of supervised release after his release from prison for a 2009 conviction of being a convicted felon in possession of a cache of firearms. As a result of his more recent conviction and his illegal drug use and drug trafficking while on supervised release, Judge Jordan also revoked his supervised release and ordered him to serve an additional prison term of 18 months, to be run consecutively with the 120-month sentence for the more recent charge, for a total of 138 months.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Knoxville Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew T. Morris represented the United States.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a comprehensive national strategy that creates local partnerships with law enforcement agencies to 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. PSN gives each federal district the flexibility it needs to focus on individual challenges that a specific community faces.