KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knox County man was sentenced to serve 19 years in prison for growing more than 500 marijuana plants at two West Knox County homes.
Travis Joe Braunm, 33, received an enhanced sentenced according to the Knox County District Attorney’s office because of prior criminal convictions, including multiple felony convictions in multiple jurisdictions in Tennessee and North Carolina. He was also ordered to pay a $100,000 by the jury at trial.
At the time of his arrest, Braunm was described as “readying himself for a ‘law-enforcement confrontation’ by arming himself with weapons” and wearing “military style body armor.” Investigators uncovered he was keeping drugs, firearms, ammunition and cash at two houses on Thompson Road in West Knox County.
District Attorney Charme Allen said the citizens on the jury sent a message through their verdict. “A conviction for a marijuana grow, especially when the jury assesses such a high fine, shows me that our community takes seriously the dangerous combination of drug and gun crimes,” she said. “My office will continue to aggressively prosecute offenders who commit these crimes, and we will seek enhanced penalties for those with prior convictions.”