Jackson, TN (localmemphis.com) – A “Deadliest Catch” cast member who is from West Tennessee has been sentenced to 51 months in prison on federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
43-year-old Jason King, a former employee and cast member of the TV series, received a sentencing enhancement for also being in possession of over 14 pounds of marijuana.
“Deadliest Catch” is a Discovery Channel documentary series about the real-life high-sea adventures of the Alaskan crab fishermen, described as the deadliest profession in the world. King appeared as himself as a deckhand on the Cornelia Marie fishing vessel, and is known on the show as Jason “Tennessee” King.
According court documents from April 20, 2017, deputies with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, the 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Explosives (ATF) executed a search warrant and felony arrest warrant at the home of King in Counce, Tennessee. During the search, investigators found multiple bags of marijuana totaling over 14 pounds hidden under the house. They also found a fully loaded Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver in a kitchen drawer. Because King had an extensive prior criminal history, he was sentenced to the maximum sentence within the guideline range for these offenses.
On July 6, 2019, United States District Court Chief Judge Thomas Anderson sentenced King to 51 months in federal prison followed by 3 years supervised release.
U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, “Convicted felons who possess firearms in connection with illegal drugs are inherently dangerous individuals. Our outstanding federal, state, and local law enforcement partners were able to catch this outlaw, and his prior criminal record finally caught up with him. This conviction and sentence will remove a repeat offender from the community, and will protect public safety in West Tennessee.