Judge Sentences Defendant to One Year for Firearms Charge

On Oct. 20, a DC Superior Court judge sentenced a defendant to serve one year for a firearms charge.

Tyrell Barkley pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm with a prior conviction. 

Barkley, 27, picked up the charge in March 2019. The following August, he was indicted on charges of carrying a pistol without a license outside a home or place of business, fleeing a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, leaving after colliding property damage or injury to animal, possession of an unregistered firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device and driving without a permit. 

The prosecution agreed to dismiss those charges as part of the plea deal, which the defendant took in February. The prosecution also dismissed two misdemeanor cases, in which he was charged with unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, second-degree theft and attempted unlawful possession of ammunition.

Barkley also committed several traffic violations on the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Ave, SE and fled law enforcement while carrying a gun in March of 2019, according to court documents.

Judge John Campbell sentenced him to 20 months, eight of which were suspended, plus one year of supervised probation. He will receive credit for time served.

Barkley must also pay $100 to the Victims of Violent Crime (VVC) fund and register as a gun offender.

This article was written by Yasmeen McGettrick.