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‘Slim' sentenced to over 12 years in prison for cocaine, gun charges

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A man known as "Slim" has been sentenced to over 12 years in prison for cocaine and gun charges in a Greeneville federal court.

Christopher Horton, a.k.a. "Slim," 30, of Johnson City, was sentenced to 150 months in prison for possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base "crack," possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Upon his release from prison, Horton was also sentenced to five years of probation. A jury convicted Horton of these charges in June.

On January 4, 2015, police arrested Horton in Johnson City after he brandished a firearm outside the Old South bar, which resulted in a brief pursuit by officers. During the pursuit, an officer saw him duck down beside a car in a parking lot. After his arrest, a gun and crack cocaine were found under the vehicle where he was earlier seen.

Officers saw the fibers on the gun appeared similar to that of a torn pocket on Horton's jacket. Forensic experts determined the gun matched the type of fibers in Horton's jacket. DNA matching Horton was also found on the gun.

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