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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Alabama

For Immediate Release

Friday, November 17, 2017
Louis V. Franklin, Sr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Clark Morris or Doug Howard

Montgomery Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Montgomery, Alabama- Keyon Montez Butler (24) of Montgomery, Alabama was sentenced yesterday to 120 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr. Federal law prohibits a person convicted of a felony from possessing firearms or ammunition. Butler was found guilty of the charge after a trial that took place in June 2017

At trial, the jury heard testimony that Butler and a co-defendant, Demarcus Cordarious Parker (25) also from Montgomery, were both convicted felons who possessed firearms that they intended to sell. During an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Montgomery Police Department, Parker made multiple gun sales to undercover law enforcement agents in August of 2016. ATF also discovered that Butler had placed an advertisement for the sale of a firearm on Facebook and they arranged to meet him at Oak Park in Montgomery to make the purchase. Butler drove to Oak Park in an SUV with Parker in the passenger seat. In the vehicle, Butler had possession of a .40 caliber pistol and sold it to law enforcement who were working undercover.

Butler’s lengthy sentence for this conviction was due to his significant criminal history, which included prior convictions of robbery in the first degree, possession of a controlled substance, and felony murder. Following his sentence of 10 years in prison, Butler will be subject to 3 years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

Demarcus Parker pled guilty to his charges in June and will be sentenced at a later date. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years.

U.S Attorney Franklin would like to thank the ATF Montgomery Field Office and the Montgomery Police Department for investigating this case and for combating the illegal sale of guns on our streets. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Denise O. Simpson.

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