MONROE, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced today that Daryon D. Kelley, 23, of Monroe, Louisiana, was sentenced to 68 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty for possessing a pistol and ammunition. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.
On October 2, 2017, West Monroe police conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle Kelley was driving. During a search of the vehicle, police officers found a Ruger .9 mm-caliber pistol and ammunition, $10,400 and a partially smoked marijuana cigar in the center console. Daryon Kelley was previously convicted on April 9, 2015 for a drug distribution charge. A federal jury found Kelley guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon following a three-day trial that ended January 30, 2019.
The ATF and the West Monroe Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tennille M. Gilreath and Earl M. Campbell prosecuted the case.
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