Felon Sentenced for Possessing Firearm and Transporting an Individual for the Purpose of Prostitution
EUGENE, Ore. – On Wednesday, October 12, 2016, U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken sentenced Barry Phillip Armstrong, 34, of Los Angeles, to 84 months in prison for felon in possession of a firearm and interstate transportation for prostitution. Following his prison sentence, Armstrong will be on supervised release for three years.
Armstrong was contacted by the Eugene Police Department on May 4, 2015, at a hotel in Eugene. Officers determined that Armstrong was acting as a pimp to a female who was engaging in commercial sex, and that Armstrong had transported her from California to Oregon for prostitution. A firearm was later located in a hidden compartment in Armstrong’s vehicle.
Based on Armstrong’s multiple prior felony convictions, he was charged with felon in possession of a firearm. Armstrong was on probation for a similar prostitution conviction in California at the time of his most recent offense. Other prior felony convictions include assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury.
The investigation of this case was a collaborative effort between the Eugene Police Department and the FBI. The case was prosecuted by Jeffrey Sweet, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.