Johnson City man sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after crack conviction

Johnson City Press • Updated Oct 12, 2017 at 7:56 PM

GREENEVILLE — A Johnson City man was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison on drug convictions Wednesday.

Christopher “Slim” Horton, 30, was ordered in U.S. District Court to serve 150 months for possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base, or “crack,” possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Upon his release from prison, he will be supervised by U.S. Probation for five years, according to a news release issued Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A jury convicted Horton in June. He had been arrested by Johnson city police on Jan. 4, 2015, near the WJHL television office on State of Franklin Road. Horton had shown a firearm outside the Old South bar, which resulted in a brief police chase.

During the pursuit, an officer saw him duck down beside a car in a parking lot. After his arrest, a gun and crack cocaine were found under the vehicle where he had been seen, according to the release.

Police recognized that fibers on the gun appeared similar to those of a torn pocket on Horton’s jacket. Forensics experts from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation found that the fibers on the gun matched the type of fibers in Horton’s jacket. Additionally, DNA matching Horton’s was also found on the gun.

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