A few shotgun shells landed a man 15 years in federal prison

photo Stacy Young is interviewed in the downtown Chattanooga offices of attorney Chris Varner. Her husband, Edward Young, is serving a federal prison sentence for possessing shotgun shell while a convicted felon.

photo Ed Young was a felon convicted of possession shotgun shells and sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 15 years in federal prison.

ANOTHER STORY Mary Price, vice president of nonprofit advocacy group Families Against Mandatory Minimums, referenced another case that resulted in an unforgiving prison sentence. In 1998, Dan Yirkovsky was remodeling a home in Iowa and found a .22 caliber cartridge beneath some carpet. He put the tiny piece of ammunition aside and continued his work.