Derrick Shelbia

A Baton Rouge man was sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison Thursday for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after his 2016 arrest during a month-long crime spree, said acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson.

Derrick Shelbia, 40, pleaded guilty to the gun charge in July 2017 after he was arrested in what Amundson described in a news release as a "spree of violent crimes" in Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes between October and November of 2016. Shelbia was caught in a stolen car that he took in one of the armed robberies, according to the release.

Shelbia, who was previously convicted of multiple counts of armed robbery, was prohibited from having a firearm, Amundson said.

After 20 years in federal prison, Shelbia will also be required to serve a five-year term of supervised release, Amundson said.

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