LITTLE ROCK MAN SENTENCED FOR BRANDISHING FIREARM DURING DRUG TRAFFICKING CRIME
Little Rock - Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Grover Crossland, Resident Agent in Charge of the Little Rock Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, announced the sentencing of Carlos Thurman, age 31, of Little Rock, Arkansas. United States District Judge D.P. Marshall, Jr. sentenced Thurman, who was found to be a career offender, to 292 months imprisonment with three years of supervised release to follow to follow for carrying and using a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
“The sentence in this case reflects the seriousness of this offense,” said Thyer. “The United States Attorney’s Office will continue to prosecute individuals who violate firearms laws and put the lives of our law enforcement officers in danger.”
Thurman previously pled guilty to Count Three of the Indictment charging Thurman with carrying and using a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, that is possession with intent to distribute marijuana as charged in Count 2 of the Indictment. At the plea hearing held before United States District Judge D.P. Marshall, Jr., Thurman admitted that on June 1, 2010, he was approached by a Little Rock Police Officer who had observed hand to hand narcotics transactions. During a pat down, Thurman fled from the officer, pulled a revolver from his pocket, and brandished the firearm. The officer commanded Thurman to get on the ground and subsequently fired at Thurman, but did not injure him. Thurman threw the firearm into the air and was taken into custody. Officers recovered the firearm, baggies of marijuana from Thurman’s pocket, and marijuana from Thurman’s vehicle.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Little Rock Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie Mazzanti.
Christopher R. Thyer
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