TOMMIE HILL, JR., 37 of Madison County was sentenced in the United States District Court on July 15, 2009 announced Lawrence J. Laurenzi, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. United States District Court Judge J. Daniel Breen imposed a total sentence of two hundred and two (202) months in federal prison. ELLISON was sentenced for conspiracy to distribute over 5 grams of cocaine base (crack cocaine), a violation of Title 21, U.S.C. § 846 and distributing cocaine and cocaine base (crack cocaine), and as a felon in possession of a firearm during and in relation to the charged drug trafficking crimes, in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 924(c).
HILL pled guilty on December 29, 2008. The evidence at sentencing showed that HILL conspired with others coconspirators to distribute cocaine and cocaine base (crack cocaine) in the vicinity of Madison County, Jackson, Tennessee.
At sentencing the government presented proof to show that HILL over the period of a two month undercover investigation distributed crack cocaine along with codefendant, ALFRED SCOTT. SCOTT, 39, also from Madison County, pled guilty on March 13, 2009 to being a felon in possession of a firearm during and in relation to the charged drug trafficking crimes, in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) and received a 60 month sentence. During the course of this conspiracy, both HILL and SCOTT possessed and employed firearms during the commission of drug trafficking. On March 11, 2008 law enforcement officers initiated a traffic stop to take HILL and SCOTT into custody. During the traffic stop, Hill attempted to strike officers with his vehicle while fleeing the scene, which resulted in the officers firing several shots into the vehicle. After a short chase, both HILL and SCOTT were arrested. HILL was a career offender, having been convicted of numerous drug trafficking charges in State court.
The investigation was led by the Jackson/Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit and assisted by the Jackson Police Department Gang Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Jerry Kitchen handled the case for the Government.