A 39-year old man from Columbia, MO was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday for trafficking and for illegally possessing a firearm.

A press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office indicates that 39-year old Horashio Antoine Pritchett was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in federal prison without parole.

On June 6, 2018, Pritchett reportedly pleaded guilty to possessing heroin with the intent to distribute and to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Columbia police officers executed a search warrant at Pritchett’s residence on September 15, 2016, and detained him. According to the press release, detectives seized approximately nine grams of heroin, nine suboxone pills, 10 oxycodone pills, several digital scales, and baggies believed to be used for distribution of the controlled substances. Detectives also located a loaded Taurus .40-caliber handgun in Pritchett’s jacket pocket.

The press release says Pritchett told investigators he had obtained one to two ounces of heroin every two weeks for the past two years.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Pritchett has five prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance and a prior felony conviction for distribution/possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility. He also has a misdemeanor conviction for domestic assault.

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