A felon with a cache of guns will spend four months in jail and will have to surrender all of his weapons.
The man, Christopher Delvalle, 29, entered a guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to the charge of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. He was ordered to serve 120 days of a three-year sentence, perform 50 hours public service work, pay $1,000 plus costs, and he must forfeit his weapons. He will be accepted into the 31st Judicial District Drug Court Program, which is an intensive 18-month rehabilitation program overseen by the local court.
Delvalle found himself in trouble with the law after they arrived to answer a disturbance call. Police arrived and had to separate Delvalle and a woman.
McMinnville Police Sgt. Ben Cantrell saw a small amount of marijuana on a coffee table. When asked if there was more marijuana in the house, the woman went to a back bedroom and pulled out a small bag of pot. It was at that point Cantrell noticed a gun case leaning against a wall.
Knowing Delvalle is a convicted felon, a search was conducted. Police found six weapons, some of them loaded, inside the house. The guns ranged from a Winchester lever-action to a Remington 20-gauge pump shotgun. Delvalle is a convicted felon for possession of drugs in Rutherford County in 2011. Federal law prohibits persons with a felony record from having firearms. Had Delvalle been prosecuted federally, he could have faced five to 15 years in prison under the federal trigger lock law.