A Newcomb, TN man was recently sentenced to 10 years for being a convicted felon in possession of illegal firearms.

In late January 2021, Jason B. Veach, 41, pleaded guilty in Whitley Circuit Court to one count of possession of hand gun by a convicted felon and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Veach was sentenced to five years on each count resulting in a total of ten years.

In May of 2020, Williamsburg Police discovered that Veach was a wanted fugitive from Tennessee. WPD officers and area law enforcement agencies located Veach in Williamsburg, where he was taken into custody and found to be in possession of two firearms, a hand gun and a rifle. At the time of the incident, Veach was a convicted felon and was prohibited from possessing any type of firearms.

The investigation was conducted by the Williamsburg Police Department. Agencies assisting with the apprehension of Veach included, Whitley County Sheriff’s Office, Corbin Police Department, Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, and Barbourville Police Department. The Commonwealth was represented by the Whitley County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office which resulted in successful prosecution of the case.