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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Armed Career Criminal Pleads Guilty to Firearms Possession

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Darrell Roby (41, Orlando) has pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. Roby faces a mandatory minimum term of 15 years in federal prison, up to life. Sentencing has been set for August 20, 2014.

Roby was indicted on March 26, 2014. 

According to court documents, Roby, a ten-time previously convicted felon, sold prescription pills to a confidential informant on January 27, 2014. He also sold prescription pills and a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver to a confidential informant on February 12, 2014. Roby then agreed to sell 500 pills of Oxycodone to a confidential informant for $12,500. The deal was scheduled to take place at Roby’s residence on February 26, 2014.

A federal search warrant was obtained and executed at Roby’s residence on February 26, 2014. During the execution of the search warrant, Roby was found to be in possession of a stolen Glock firearm, at which time he was arrested. 

Roby’s prior state felony convictions include burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, escape, introduction or possession of contraband in a state correctional facility, delivery of cocaine, possession of cocaine, and delivery of a controlled substance.  As a previously convicted felon, Roby is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law. Because his prior criminal record includes several violent felonies and a serious drug offense, Roby qualifies for enhanced sentencing as an Armed Career Criminal under federal law.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.

Updated January 26, 2015