NEWS RELEASE #: 16-223
An Englewood man faces a minimum of 15 years in prison after a federal jury found him guilty on Monday of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
The investigation into Ernest Chambliss began in 2015 when Special Investigation Section detectives learned that he was selling narcotics and firearms out of his Englewood home. Because of his prior felony convictions, detectives enlisted the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). On two separate occasions in April, Chambliss sold detectives narcotics and a semi-automatic pistol. In the months that followed, Chambliss was indicted on federal charges and deemed an Armed Career Criminal, further enhancing his sentencing.
On Monday, United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley announced the guilty verdict. Chambliss' sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 2017. The sheriff's office would like to thank ATF as well as the States Attorney's Office for their partnership in a rigorous investigation and subsequent prosecution.