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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Alabama

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Felon Sentenced In Federal Court On Gun Charge

United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Darnell K. Barnes, 28 years old, was sentenced today before the Honorable District Court Judge Kristi K. DuBose for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

Possession of a firearm or ammunition by a previously convicted felon is a violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 922(g)(1).  Barnes was previously convicted in Mobile County of Robbery, First Degree, in 2009. By virtue of this felony conviction, Barnes is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

On March 24, 2015, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics unit conducted an investigation on Barnes as it relates to trafficking marijuana. The investigation revealed that Barnes was in fact in possession of marijuana, which was concealed in two priority packages that were received via mail. The investigation ultimately led to the discovery of two firearms. The first one discovered was a semi-automatic Taurus .40 caliber pistol with one live round in the chamber and the magazine was loaded. The second firearm discovered was an Armalite .223 caliber rifle, which was also loaded with a round in the chamber and the magazine.  According to Barnes, he paid $100.00 for one and $300.00 for another from an unknown source.

The court imposed a 70-month sentence of imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years supervised release.  This case was investigated by the Mobile County, Alabama, Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Suntrease Williams-Maynard.

Updated January 24, 2017