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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 19, 2019

Lexington Man Sentenced to 115 Months for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

LEXINGTON, Ky. — D’Vonta Middlebrooks, 24, of Lexington, was sentenced today, to 115 months in federal prison, by United States District Judge Danny C. Reeves, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

In August 2018, officers with the Lexington Police Department, while assisting State Probation and Parole officers, located Middlebrooks in a Lexington residence.  During the search of the residence, officers located a 9 mm handgun.  Middlebrooks admitted to the possession of the firearm and was arrested.  At the time of his arrest, Middlebrooks was on bond for other charges.           

 Under federal law, Middlebrooks must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence; and upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for three years.

Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Stuart Lowrey, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Louisville Field Division; and Lawrence Weathers, Chief of the Lexington Police Department, jointly made the announcement.

The ATF and the Lexington Police Department conducted the investigation.  The United States was represented by Assistant United States Attorney Cynthia T. Rieker.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The PSN program was reinvigorated as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated July 19, 2019