Knox County DA: Crack cocaine dealer sentenced to 15 years after fighting with officers

George Marsh (source: Knox County Detention Center)
George Marsh (source: Knox County Detention Center)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knox County District Attorney General’s Office says a crack cocaine dealer who tried to pull a gun on officers and then tried to take the officer’s gun has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

George Marsh, 42, was convicted of possession with intent to sell cocaine in a drug free school zone. He will serve 15 years without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors said during a plea hearing that two Knoxville Police Department officers were on patrol in the Western Heights housing development on June 7, 2014, when they watched Marsh make a drug sale. When Marsh saw the officers, he ran and tried to fight the officers.

During the fight, prosecutors say Marsh pulled a .38 special revolver from his pocket, but one of the officers was able to disarm him. Marsh continued to fight and tried to grab the other officer’s gun. Once he was in handcuffs, it was discovered he had an eighth of an ounce of crack cocaine on his person.

Because the incident happened near Beaumont Elementary School, Marsh must serve every day of his sentence and will not be eligible for parole.

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