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Armed Career Criminal Sentenced To 15 Years In Federal Prison For Firearm Possession

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando, Florida – Senior U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp sentenced Darrell Roby (41, Orlando) yesterday to 15 years in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. Roby was also ordered to serve a 5-year term of supervision, upon his release from prison. Roby pleaded guilty on June 2, 2014. 

According to court documents, Roby sold prescription pills to a confidential informant (CI) on January 27, 2014. He also sold prescription pills and a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver to a CI on February 12, 2014. Roby then agreed to sell 500 pills of Oxycodone to a CI for $12,500. The transaction was scheduled to take place at Roby’s residence on February 26, 2014. During the execution of a search warrant at Roby’s residence, Roby was found to be in possession of a stolen Glock firearm. 

Roby has prior state felony convictions for 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, he 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 qualified for enhanced sentencing as an Armed Career Criminal under federal law.

“HSI is committed to ensuring the safety of our communities,” said Susan L. McCormick, special agent in charge of HSI Tampa. “Partnerships with other law enforcement agencies, like the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, increase public safety in our neighborhoods.”

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

Updated January 26, 2015