United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas

01/27/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/27/2021 20:20

Convicted Felon Sentenced to 51 Months Imprisonment for Possessing a Firearm in a Crowded Austin Parking Lot

A federal judge in Austin sentenced 27-year-old convicted felon Perry Lee Parks to 51 months imprisonment for illegally possessing a loaded 9 mm pistol in a crowded parking lot in downtown Austin, announced U.S. Attorney Gregg N. Sofer and Austin Police Chief Brian Manley.

According to court records, Austin Police officers arrested Parks on September 8, 2019, in a crowded parking lot behind a Sixth Street business. At the time of his arrest, Parks was in possession of a Glock 9mm pistol with a 31-round extended magazine loaded with 24 rounds of ammunition. Parks' criminal history reveals six prior felony convictions ranging from theft to delivery of a controlled substance.

'We cannot live in a society where an individual who has six felony convictions over 10 years is permitted to roam our streets with a 9mm handgun loaded with 24 rounds of ammunition. Thanks to the hard work of the Austin Police Department, this particular individual will be off the streets and in federal prison. People may deserve a second chance - not seven,'said U.S. Attorney Sofer.

Parks pleaded guilty to the felon-in-possession charge on October 26, 2020. In addition to the 51-month prison term handed down yesterday, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ordered that Parks be placed under supervised release for a period of three years after completing his prison term.

The Austin Police Department investigated this case with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Castillo prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

This case is part of Operation Undaunted, a program which draws on the partnerships among federal, state and local law enforcement coupled with prosecution authorities to tackle the rising violent crime rate, interrupt violence, protect innocent life and restore peace to central and west Texas communities.