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August 13, 2018

Franklin Man Sentenced in Firearms Sting

A Macon County federal firearms licensee was sentenced today to a 30-month prison term for selling firearms to a prohibited person.

Philip Nelson Elliott, 55, of Franklin, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. to serve three years under court supervision following his prison term.

Philip Elliott was a federal firearms licensee who operated Mountain Top Coins, Guns and Ammo, a firearms business in Franklin. Court records show that Philip Elliott’s brother, Donald Eugene Elliott, also worked at Mountain Top.

According to court records, from March to July 2014, Philip Elliott sold multiple firearms to a convicted felon who was therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Court records show that in addition to selling the firearms, Philip Elliott discussed selling the felon rocket-propelled grenade launchers and told the felon he was willing to buy stolen goods, including stolen firearms.

Philip Elliott pleaded guilty in July 2015 to one count of selling a firearm to a prohibited person.

Law enforcement also seized seven firearms and ammunition from Donald Elliott’s residence. Donald Elliott’s previous felony conviction prohibits him from owning a firearm. He pleaded guilty to one count of felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced in December 2015 to six months in prison and two years of supervised release.

The investigation was handled by ATF. Assistant U.S. Attorney Don Gast of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville prosecuted the case.

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