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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Westerrn District of Louisiana

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
David C. Joseph
, United States Attorney

Lafayette Felon Sentenced to 100 Months in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing Handgun and Rifle

ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that Shelby Jude Darby, 27, of Lafayette, was sentenced Tuesday to 100 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell for illegally possessing a 9 mm pistol and an AK-47 style rifle.  He pleaded guilty on March 27, 2019, to possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

Lafayette Police Department officers pulled over Darby’s vehicle on November 1, 2017, because of illegally dark tint on the vehicle’s windows.  Darby stepped out of the vehicle and immediately fled on foot down an alley between a residence and a garage.  Officers chased him, placed him under arrest and found an SCCY, Model CPX-2, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol on the ground where Darby had been laying.  The officers then returned to Darby’s vehicle where they saw a Romarm/Cugir, Model WASR 10/63 UF, 7.620-caliber semi-automatic rifle, which was located between the driver’s seat and center console along with various illegal narcotics. 

Darby is a felon who was previously convicted in February of 2016 for possession of Hydrocodone.  According to federal law, a convicted felon is not allowed to possess a firearm or ammunition.

The ATF and the Lafayette Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamilla A. Bynog prosecuted the case.

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