LITTLE ROCK—Chadwick Umfleet, a multi-convicted felon, will spend the next 10 years in federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm. Jonathan D. Ross, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced the sentence, which was handed down Wednesday by United States District Judge Kristine G. Baker.

Umfleet, 40, of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm on August 26, 2022. That conviction was based on a May 26, 2021, traffic stop by officers of the Jacksonville Police Department in which Umfleet was discovered with marijuana, methamphetamine, and a stolen Taurus 9mm handgun.

At Wednesday’s sentencing hearing, Judge Baker heard arguments regarding Umfleet’s three prior felony firearm convictions and six prior felony drug convictions, including Umfleet’s 2012 federal conviction for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Judge Baker sentenced Umfleet to the maximum potential penalty for the current firearm offense – 10 years imprisonment with three years of supervised release to follow his prison sentence.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The investigation was conducted by the Jacksonville Police Department with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Julie Peters.