Clarksville man sentenced to life in prison for drug charges

A Clarksville man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for multiple drug charges.

After a two week jury trial, 26-year-old Chris Young was convicted of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, attempted possession of cocaine with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Young also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He was arrested near the Genesis Teen Learning Center in Clarksville while he was trying to obtain a large quantity of cocaine from another man.

According to a press release, Young was carrying a firearm and $10,000 in cash at the time.

He also had two other drug felony convictions and had been arrested for unlawful possession of firearms in the past.

Young was one of 32 defendants charged in the drug trafficking case.

Two other Clarksville residents, Demetrius Duncan and Alto Parnell, were also convicted for the crime. They are awaiting sentencing.

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