‘Armed career criminal’ Tyrone M. Wright sentenced in federal court in Fort Wayne

A Fort Wayne man who qualified as an armed career criminal was sentenced in his firearms case to the mandatory amount in federal court in Fort Wayne, according to a news release Tuesday by U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

Tyrone M. Wright, 41, who previously pleaded guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release by Chief Judge Theresa L. Springmann of the U.S District Court, Northern District, according to the release.

According to documents in this case, on March 25, 2015, Wright possessed a firearm after previous felony offenses, according to the news release. Wright was convicted of serious drug offenses or violent felonies in Allen County Superior Court around Sept. 24, 2007, and Jan. 3, 2001, and in St. Joseph County Superior Court around Feb. 10, 1994. These three felonies qualified him for armed career criminal status with a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the Fort Wayne Police Department and FWPD Vice and Narcotics Division and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tina L. Nommay and David E. Hollar.