Knott Man Receives More Than 10 Years In Prison

A Knott County man will spend more than 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal drug charges in U.S. District Court in Pikeville.

James Arthur Pratt, 36, of Eagle¹s Nest, Emmalena, pled guilty Tuesday, January 9, to felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, distribution of Hydrocodone, and carrying a firearm in furtherance if a drug transaction.

U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove sentenced Pratt to 63 months on the firearm possession charge and 60 months on the drug distribution charge, with these terms to run consecutively for a total of 123 months. In addition, he imposed a 60-month sentence for the carrying a firearm charge to run concurrent to the other sentences.

Upon release Pratt will have to serve five years supervised probation.

The joint investigation with Operation UNITE and the ATF began in January 2006 after Pratt sold hydrocodone tablets to undercover detectives twice in the same day. During these transactions Pratt was in possession of a handgun.

The Knott County Sheriff¹s Office also had been investigating Pratt at the time.

Pratt was indicted on August 28, 2006, by the U.S. District Court in Ashland. He was arrested two days later in the Holly Bush community of Knott County.

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