A DeSoto Parish jury has convicted a 32-year-old Mansfield man of drug distribution and possession of a firearm by a
Derrick Youngblood was convicted of distributing crack cocaine and of possessing a weapon as a convicted felon.
Youngblood’s conviction came after he twice sold cocaine to confidential informants during an undercover sting operation
conducted in March 2013. His conviction of the gun crime stemmed from an April 2013 incident, where he stabbed his girlfriend and shot himself in the upper torso.
Louisiana law prohibits Youngblood from owning or possessing a gun. In addition, Youngblood has prior criminal convictions,including drug distribution and illegal carrying of a weapon.
DeSoto District Attorney Richard Z. Johnson, Jr. commented that Youngblood’s convictions are a step toward safeguarding the community. “Drugs and guns are a deadly combination. Locking up dangerous drug dealers means that the streets are safer for everyone else.”
Youngblood will serve 15 years in prison on each of the charges, as well as his remaining parole time from previous
Assistant District Attorneys Britney Green and Ron. Stamps prosecuted the case.