Two Corpus Christi brothers were sentenced to federal prison Thursday after taking part in a scheme to sell synthetic cannabis, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.

Roy Valent Jr., 31, was sentenced to two years and nine months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack handed down a longer sentence to Arnold Valent, 29, after the judge deemed him a “career offender.”

Arnold Valent, who was sentenced to nine years and two months of prison, lost his two-year-old daughter Lillyanna Valent in a 2014 shooting in the 4700 block of Cheryl Drive. He was a key witness in the capital murder trial of Brandon Gaytan, who was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting.

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The Valent brothers were arrested in a December 2015 sweep dubbed Operation City Shield. Officers attempted to pull Arnold Valent over in a traffic stop when he attempted to flee on foot, according to the release. Officers found 35 packages of the synthetic marijuana in his backpack.

When officers returned to the residence, they encountered Roy Valent on foot in the garage with a firearm, which he was prohibited from possessing. Nineteen additional packages were discovered at the residence.

Both pleaded guilty on Jan. 4, 2017.

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