Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to 200 Months in Prison
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA–Edgar Carl Darling, III, 45, of Tallahassee, was sentenced to 200 months in prison based upon his guilty plea to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. United States District Judge Mark Walker also sentenced Darling to serve a term of five years supervised release. This sentence was announced today by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
On February 11, 2014, residents at a Levy Avenue apartment complex called the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) to report a man with a handgun involved in an argument at the complex. By the time TPD officers arrived, the man had fled in a car. A TPD officer spotted the vehicle at the corner of Levy and Lake Bradford Road, attempting to make a left-hand turn from the right-hand lane, and discovered Darling in that car.
After the female driver and Darling were removed from the vehicle, officers found a loaded Hi-Point nine millimeter semi-automatic pistol in the front console. The woman driver stated that Darling got the pistol after he was confronted by persons seeking to collect a $500 drug debt.
The Federal Armed Career Criminal statute provides a mandatory minimum fifteen year term for persons arrested with firearms after three or more convictions for violent felony and/or serious drug offenses. Darling had multiple prior convictions that qualified under this statute, and thus he was sentenced as an Armed Career Criminal.