Evidence at trial revealed that on September 13, 2011 Armstrong was in the custody of
the Shelby County Jail awaiting trial on aggravated burglary charges. Shelby County Sheriff’s
Jail personnel discovered .76 grams of crack cocaine hidden in Armstrong’s sock.
Possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver is a class “B” felony with a sentence
range between eight (8) and thirty (30) years. Possession of a controlled substance in a penal
institution is a class “C” felony with a sentence range between three (3) and fifteen (15) years.
Simple possession of crack cocaine is a class “A” misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of
eleven (11) months, twenty-nine (29) days.
Due to Armstrong’s prior felony convictions, state law classifies him as a career offender.
As a career offender Armstrong faces a thirty (30) year sentence for possession of crack cocaine
with intent to deliver. He faces a fifteen (15) year sentence for possession of a controlled
substance in a penal institution and eleven (11) months, twenty-nine (29) days for simple
possession of controlled substance.
Armstrong will be sentenced on September 12, 2013.
Assistant district attorney Meghan Fowler and law graduate intern Gavin Smith
prosecuted the case.
Judge Mark Ward presided.