A Garden City man with a previous felony conviction was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District court in Wichita to 87 months in federal prison for carrying a gun, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister.
Prior to being sentenced, Darnell Wilks, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Garden City police arrested Wilks in March 2017, apprehending him after a foot chase. An officer saw Wilks walking down the middle of West Kansas Avenue and approached him. Wilks tried to run away, and during the chase, he threw down a .45-caliber handgun.
Wilks was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he was convicted in 2014 in Finney County on a charge of making a criminal threat, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
The case was prosecuted under the Justice Department’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative.