A Chipley man with several previous convictions has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after being found with a gun in 2020.
Stacy Tyrone Blackmon, 38, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm Oct. 12, State Attorney Larry Basford with the 14th Judicial Circuit said.Â
â€œViolent career criminals have no business having guns and the laws in Florida make the penalties stiff if they are caught possessing them,â€ Washington County Chief Prosecutor Megan Ford, who presented evidence against Blackmon, said in a news release from Basfordâ€™s office. â€œOur office will seek these enhancements to enforce the law and protect the community.â€
Jurors reportedly took half an hour to render the guilty verdict.
Being a felon in possession of a firearm is a second degree felony usually punishable by up to a 15-year sentence, though Ford said Blackmonâ€™s six prior convictionsâ€“including for felony battery and aggravated assaultâ€“made him a â€œviolent career criminal,â€ according to the news release from the 14th Judicial Circuit.
That designation meant a longer sentence was possible.
Blackmon reportedly had a gun when arrested by police in Chipley on October 1, 2020.
â€œFord proved police had the defendant under surveillance that day when he met with another man and gave him a bag containing a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol in exchange for $275,â€ the 14th Judicial Circuit news release said.