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Greenbelt man sentenced to over six years in prison

June 14, 2011

A Greenbelt man was sentenced Oct. 6 2010 to six and a half years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Derrick Wenzell Simmons, 37, received 78 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release from U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte at the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

Simmons was previously represented by attorney Brian McDaniel from Washington, D.C., but was representing himself on the day of the sentencing. McDaniel did not immediately return a call for comment.

According to a Department of Justice press release, members of the FBI agents and Laurel City Police Department officers executed a search warrant at Simmons residence in Greenbelt on Dec. 4.

They recovered a loaded, Sig Sauer .40-caliber semi-automatic firearm hidden in a blue plastic container in the master bedroom closet.

The firearm was connected to Simmons by DNA gathered by the FBI.  Simmons had previously been convicted on a gun charge and was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

After his conviction in July, DOJ Spokeswoman Vickie Leduc said Simmons had a criminal arrest history starting in 1995 when he was convicted in Prince Georges County Circuit Court for robbery with a deadly weapon. In 2004, Simmons had a felon-in-possession conviction in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and was sentenced to 57 months in jail. Due to these charges, Simmons was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Assistant United States Attorneys Gina Simms and William Moomau prosecuted the case.

via Greenbelt man sentenced to over six years in prison.

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