Darrick T. Brown
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Press Release) – According to a press release, a Sedalia, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.

Darrick Thomas Brown, 38, of Sedalia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to seven years in federal prison without parole.

On Aug. 10, 2016, Brown pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Brown admitted that he was in possession of a Hi-Point .40-caliber pistol on Feb. 28, 2016.

According to court documents, Pettis County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a Super 7 Motel in Sedalia on Feb. 28, 2016, in response to a report that shots were fired. Deputies encountered Brown coming out of a motel room and observed a gun lying on the floor inside the bedroom. Deputies found evidence indicating that a gun had been fired twice inside the room. One bullet travelled through a microwave oven and entered the bedroom wall; the other bullet struck the top of the entertainment center. Brown’s girlfriend’s two young children occupied the adjacent room.

Brown has prior felony convictions for distributing controlled substances, failure to appear in court, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting/interfering with an arrest, assault, possessing a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child. Under federal law it is illegal to be in possession of a firearm with prior felony convictions.

Brown was on state parole when he committed this federal offense. According to court documents, Brown has ties with a Sedalia street gang and is an active member of that gang. Brown has a history of substance abuse, including extensive use of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pettis County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department