A 35-year old St. Johns County man, who has a history with law enforcement, but has not served much time, accepted a federal plea deal recently stemming from an incident that occurred nearly two years ago according to a report received by Historic City News today.
The suspect, identified as Damon Lee Flagler, 120 East St. Johns St., Hastings, pled guilty to two out of six counts of a federal indictment and is facing 15 years in prison.
The two counts in which Flagler pled to were possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.
The incident occurred on 25 October 2006 when members of the St. Johns County Sheriffâ€™s Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU) along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) purchased cocaine base from the defendant. In addition to the cocaine, the suspect sold a 9mm pistol to a confidential informant. Prior to that time, the suspect had sold three other firearms to the informant.
The maximum penalties for the two counts is a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years, up to two life sentences, a fine of $4,250,000 or both fine and imprisonment along with eight years of supervised probation.
He also forfeits the four guns.
He was sentenced to 15 years last week by a Federal Magistrate.