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Cantrell gets federal prison time for pistol
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A Morrison man who tried to run away from an officer on foot when he was pulled over on his motorcycle has been sentenced to 27 months in federal prison.

Brent M. Cantrell, 44, was given the sentence in U.S. District Court Chattanooga Division for possession of a firearm by a felon.

In handing down its sentence, the court recommended Cantrell receive 500 hours of substance abuse treatment and ordered him to be on supervised release for three years after his incarceration.

The federal sentence does not absolve Cantrell of his state charges. He is scheduled to appear at Warren County Courthouse on Oct. 10 to answer to eight charges, including possession of meth, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, evading arrest, and resisting arrest.

The incident which led to Cantrell’s legal trouble began when police Sgt. Ben Cantrell observed a motorcycle traveling on Morrison Street with no license plate displayed. A traffic stop revealed Mr. Cantrell did not have a motorcycle endorsement, according to the warrant for his arrest.

Mr. Cantrell consented to a search of his person and a large bundle of money and a sunglass bag containing suspected narcotics were found in his motorcycle jacket. Mr. Cantrell then attempted to run away on foot, but was taken to the ground after a foot chase.

As officers were taking Mr. Cantrell into custody, he revealed he had a pistol in his possession, the arrest warrant says. A 40-caliber Beretta semi-automatic pistol was located in his motorcycle jacket that had two rounds in the magazine. The sunglass bag was found to have a substance believed to be 3 grams of meth.

Mr. Cantrell is a felon for a Jan. 9, 2002 conviction in federal court for conspiracy to manufacture meth.