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Wichita Falls Man Sentenced to 189 Months in Federal Prison on Methamphetamine Convictions

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — A Wichita Falls man, Matthew Taylor Lawrence, 25, has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 189 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in August 2015 to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

According to plea documents filed in the case, on May 9, 2015, at approximately 7:30 p.m., officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department, in a marked patrol car, attempted to stop Lawrence, who was driving a motorcycle and exceeding the speed limit.  Lawrence pulled into a driveway, left the motorcycle and fled on foot.  As he was running away, officers saw him drop a firearm in the front yard of a nearby residence.  Officers caught up with Lawrence and took him into custody.  He had a small backpack that contained approximately 212 grams of methamphetamine contained in four plastic bags.  Officers also later recovered the Glock 9mm caliber pistol that Lawrence had dropped.

The Wichita Falls County District Attorney’s Office, the Wichita Falls Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Walters prosecuted.

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Updated January 6, 2016

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