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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009                                        PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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            (TYLER, TX) United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 32-year-old Dallas man has been sentenced to federal prison for firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas.  

            DARRELL DAMONT PETTY pleaded guilty on Aug. 22, 2008, to being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and was sentenced today to 71 months in federal prison by United States District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

            According to information presented in court, on Nov. 11, 2007, Petty, carrying a firearm, delivered 2 kilograms of cocaine to a Van, Texas residence in exchange for $36,000.  During the drug deal, it was discovered that the cocaine was in fact sheetrock at which time fighting occurred and shots were fired.  Further investigation revealed that Petty had previously been convicted of murder in Dallas County in 2000.  As a convicted felon, Petty is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. 

            This case was investigated by the Van Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.


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