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Convicted felon from Marshall County found guilty of possessing stolen firearm

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A Marshall County man has been convicted by a federal jury for illegally possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.

On Wednesday, the trial for 46-year-old Charles Derryberry was held for three days, where he was found guilty of possessing a stolen gun in February 2022.

According to court documents, Derryberry robbed a victim of a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol one year ago, later shooting the individual with the gun. Derryberry then used the victim’s firearm to commit a second robbery the same day.

A few days later, deputies with Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle with Derryberry riding in the backseat. Derryberry was in possession of the stolen pistol at the time of the traffic stop and attempted to hide the firearm under the seat of the car.

Law enforcement found the gun during a search of the truck and Derryberry was arrested.

Derryberry had multiple prior felony convictions at the time of his arrest, including convictions for manslaughter, burglary, and drug trafficking.

“This office is committed to protecting our community from violent convicted felons like this defendant who illegally possess firearms,” stated U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner. “We are grateful to our state and federal law enforcement partners whose hard work allowed him to be taken off the streets.”

Now, Derryberry faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and up to life imprisonment. His sentencing is scheduled for May 17, 2023.

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