By Sharry Dedman-Beard
David Allen Cutshall, 31, of Greeneville, Tenn. was sentenced by the Honorable Pamela L. Reeves, U.S. District Court Judge to serve eight years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. There is no parole in the federal system.
Cutshall pleaded guilty to the charge in April 2015. According to the plea agreement on file with U.S. District Court, in December 2014, a Greeneville police officer observed an individual walking around a vehicle sitting at a car wash off Highway 11E in Greeneville. It was drizzling rain and no one was washing the car. After observing the suspicious situation for a few minutes the officer pulled in behind the vehicle. Cutshall, who was in the driver’s seat, saw the police car and started to pull away, but was stopped by the officer.
Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer observed Cutshall “digging at something” in his lap. The officer removed him from the vehicle and ordered the front seat passenger to get out and come around to him. The passenger complied. Drugs and drug paraphernalia scattered out in the vehicle and onto the ground as Cutshall came out of the vehicle. He refused to stand still and was restrained and placed in handcuffs as backup officers arrived.
Before being transported to jail, officers searched Cutshall and found a Hi-Point, P-9 semiautomatic pistol concealed in the front of his pants. Several pills and four small bags containing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found during a search of the vehicle. Cutshall had previous felony convictions, including aggravated burglaries and attempting to introduce suboxone into a penal facility, making it illegal for him to possess a firearm.
Agencies involved in this investigation included the Greeneville Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Corey Shipley and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Reeves represented the United States.