APRIL 25 (OCALA, Fla.) – Senior U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges today sentenced Marcus Jalany Durias (25, Lake County) to 10 years in federal prison for possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Durias pleaded guilty to the offenses on February 7, 2013.
According to court documents, from June 22, 2012 through July 3, 2012, Durias repeatedly sold firearms, ammunition and quantities of marijuana to a confidential source working in cooperation with law enforcement. Specifically, Durias sold two .38 caliber revolvers, ammunition and more than 420 grams of marijuana. One of the revolvers included in the transaction had been previously reported stolen. Durias engaged in this activity even though he was already serving a 15-year state probationary sentence for a 2008 armed robbery. As a previously convicted felon, he was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law. Now that his federal case has been resolved, Durias will face another sentencing proceeding in state court for his violation of probation in the armed robbery.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Orlando District Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Lake County Sheriff's Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.