Embattled nightclub operator indicted on federal gun charge

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 2:51pm

Longtime embattled Nashville nightclub operator Paul Eichel was indicted on a illegal gun possession charge by a federal grand jury Thursday.

Until recently, Eichel operated Silverado’s Dance Hall, later known as Yea Baby’s, on Murfreesboro Road. Those nightclubs were padlocked and deemed public nuisances by the Metro Nashville Police Department in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Eichel’s lengthy criminal record includes federal drug charges that date back to the 1970s, according to an MNPD report. He was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for a distribution of narcotics charge in 1976.

Due to his past convictions, Eichel is prohibited from owning or possessing a handgun. But according to the federal indictment filed Thursday, Eichel was in possession of an Inter Ordnance Hellcat pistol on Oct. 5, the same day police padlocked Yea Baby’s.

Eichel could not be reached for comment on Thursday afternoon. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

7 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 12/6/12 at 4:56

This creep is a menace. People die wherever he goes.

By: unclesam328 on 12/7/12 at 7:08

Another poor man picked on by the establishment. NOT!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/7/12 at 8:34

He is one scary dude.

By: Jughead on 12/7/12 at 10:27

This dude was questioned about Janet March. Also, some chick "killed" herself in his hottub right after the club was closed.

Needs a permanent crossbar hotel vacation.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/7/12 at 12:48

Yeah, Perry March was his attorney.

By: FaceBook:Emmett... on 12/8/12 at 10:08

"Embattled", huh? Just enforce the federal statute which calls for 5 years federal time for a "felon in possession". He would go far away and have no possibility of parole.

By: FaceBook:Emmett... on 12/8/12 at 6:22

I see that he's in the Davidson County jail as a "federal sleepover inmate" and being moved along in the federal system. He's already 65 so if he does the 5 years federal as prescribed, he may not be so much trouble when he does get out.