OAKLAND -- An El Sobrante man arrested earlier this year in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Richmond in 2011 has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for his involvement in trying to traffic methamphetamine, authorities said.

U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ¿sentenced Daniel Barnett, 25, on Thursday after Barnett pleaded guilty on Sept. 25 to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said. He also pleaded guilty to distributing the drug.

Barnett admitted that he sold crystal methamphetamine to undercover agents three times, and that twice, the methamphetamine exceeded 97 percent in its purity, Haag said. He will start his sentence immediately.

Barnett has been in custody since June 12, when he was arrested by Richmond police as part of an undercover sting by federal agents and the Richmond and Oakland police departments.

That investigation linked Barnett to a Lexus that struck and killed 52-year-old David Cox near 34th Street and Esmond Avenue on Sept. 23, 2011. Barnett subsequently was charged by Contra Costa County prosecutors with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and felony hit-and-run.

Rick Hurd covers breaking news. Contact him at 510-262-2728 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.



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