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Orlando Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Possession of a Machine Gun and Grenade Launcher While Operating a Marijuana Grow House

December 22, 2011

Orlando, Florida – U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell today sentenced Daniel Martinez (29, Orlando) to 30 years in federal prison for manufacturing marijuana, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a machine gun. Martinez was found guilty by a jury on August 10, 2011.More »

Texas Murder Suspect Sentenced to 35 Years for Federal Gun Crime

December 2, 2011

Jacksonville, FL — United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Archery Overstreet (52, Houston, Texas) to 35 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.More »

Pasco County Man Senteced to 31 Years in Federal Prison

December 2, 2011

Tampa, Florida — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday today sentenced Michael Allen Lind (48, Port Richey) to 31 years in federal prison for two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and two counts of using a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Lind pled guilty on August 26, 2011.More »

Armed Drug Dealer Sentenced to Eleven Years

November 29, 2011

Jacksonville, FL — United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard yesterday sentenced Roland Martin (29, Jacksonville) to eleven years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute marihuana and more than 500 grams of cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.More »

Tampa Woman Found Guilty of Armed Robbery and Conspiracy

November 18, 2011

Tampa, FL — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that a federal jury yesterday found Daisy Louise Thomas (32, Tampa) guilty of conspiracy to commit robberies, armed robbery, and using a firearm during a crime of violence. Thomas faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in federal prison and a maximum sentence of life in federal prison. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 1, 2012.More »

Drug Dealer Sentenced to 16 Years in Federal Prison

November 18, 2011

Tampa, FL — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge James Whittemore sentenced Robert Pertee (39, Tampa) to 16 years in federal prison for possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.More »

Serial Robber Convicted for String of Walgreens Robberies

November 16, 2011

Orlando, Florida — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that a federal jury yesterday found Terry Jerome Cason (29, Orlando) guilty of one count of conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by robbery, three counts of interference with interstate commerce by robbery, three counts of using and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Cason faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 57 years in federal prison and a maximum sentence of life in federal prison. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 1, 2012. Cason was indicted on March 16, 2011.More »

Convicted Felon Who Shot at Motorists on I–4 Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

November 15, 2011

Tampa, FL — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore today sentenced Mario Lee Brown (35, Pinellas County) to 18 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.More »

Jacksonville Man Sentenced on Gun Charges

November 4, 2011

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that Senior U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr. sentenced Rodwick Dowston (29, Jacksonville) to five years in federal prison yesterday for theft of firearms from a licenced firearms dealer and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.More »

Stolen 110–Yr–Old Colt Revolver Recovered in Sting Operation and Returned to Police Chief’s Family

November 3, 2011

Jacksonville, Florida — United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces the return of a 110–year–old Colt revolver that was stolen fourteen years ago. The firearm, a nickleplated pearl–handled Colt single action .45 caliber revolver, was originally presented to the Police Chief of the San Antonio (Texas) Police Department in 1901. The firearm was then stolen in 1997 from the Chief’s great grandson in Jacksonville, Florida. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recovered the firearm in 2010 during an undercover sting operation. The two individuals selling the firearm have both been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in the offense.More »

75 Defendants Charged on Firearm, Drug Distribution, or Related Offenses Following 8-Month Undercover Investigation

November 2, 2011

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida and multiple law enforcement agencies announced that 22 federal indictments were unsealed today in federal court, charging 22 separate defendants with federal firearm violations. Fifty-three additional defendants were charged by state authorities on violations related to state illegal firearm possession, drug distribution, and dealing in stolen property. The federal and state charges follow an eight-month undercover investigation referred to as Operation Anything for a Buck.More »

Bradenton Man Sentenced to Sixteen Years

October 25, 2011

TAMPA – United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that James Lee Davis (33, Bradenton), was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge James Moody for felon in possession of a firearm.More »

Orlando Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery of CVS and Armed Carjacking

October 25, 2011

TAMPA – United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that Joshua Michael Wilkes (29, Orlando) pleaded guilty today to the November 17, 2010, armed robbery of a Tampa CVS Pharmacy and a subsequent armed carjacking. For the use of a firearm to commit the offenses, Wilkes faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 32 years, up to life in federal prison. He faces an additional sentence of up to 15 years in federal prison for the actual robbery and the carjacking.More »

Valentine Bloods Leader Sentenced

October 21, 2011

Tampa, Florida — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew yesterday sentenced David Martin Santiago (30, Pasco County) to 14 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, distribution of cocaine base, being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. The court ordered that this sentence is to be served consecutively to a ten-year sentence Santiago recently received in Pasco County for several felonies. Santiago pled guilty on May 5, 2011.More »

Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to More than Fifteen Years in Prison

October 19, 2011

Tampa, Florida — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge James S. Moody yesterday sentenced Michael Petite (37, St. Petersburg) to 15 years, 8 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm after previously being convicted of a felony. Petite was found to be an armed career criminal. He pled guilty on June 20, 2011.More »

Final Robber Sentenced in Armed Robbery of Charley’s Steakhouse

October 19, 2011

TAMPA – United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that Osvaldo Yasel Martinez (27, Tampa) was sentenced today by United States District Judge Steven D. Merryday, for 2010 armed robbery of Charley's Steakhouse in Tampa. Martinez, was sentenced to 17 years and four months in federal prison. More »

Convicted Felon Guilty of Possessing Sawed–Off Shotguns

October 5, 2011

Tampa, Florida — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that yesterday a federal jury found Dwain Denorris Wallace, III (40, Tampa) guilty of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, and possession of sawed-off shotguns. Wallace faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 4, 2012.More »

Jury Finds Pasco County Man Guilty of Carjacking

October 5, 2011

Tampa, Florida — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that a federal jury yesterday found Jose Guadalupe Gutierrez (20, Dade City) guilty of two counts of carjacking and two counts of use of a firearm to commit a crime of violence. Gutierrez faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 13, 2011 before United States District Court Judge James Moody.More »

Second Defendant Pleads Guilty in Deland Bombing

September 19, 2011

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that Cassondra Marie Rassi (25, DeLand) today pleaded guilty to federal charges of possession of an unregistered firearm (destructive device) and possession of a firearm (destructive device) by a convicted felon. Rassi faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each count. Rassi’s mother, Lisa Marie Milligan, already entered a guilty plea to the same charges on August 26, 2011. Another co-defendant, John Jenkins (24, Volusia County), is pending trial in October before Chief United States District Judge Anne C. Conway.More »

St. Petersburg Man Sentenced for 16,000 Pounds of Marijuana

September 14, 2011

Tampa, Florida — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore has sentenced Leon J. Wood (61, St. Petersburg) to twenty years in federal prison for conspiracy to possess 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana with intent to distribute it and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The court also ordered Wood to forfeit five firearms, 700 rounds of ammunition, five houses, 36 U.S. gold coins, a 2003 Lexus SUV, and more than $1million in cash, which are all traceable to proceeds of the offense. As part of his sentence, the court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $1.5 million, the proceeds of the conspiracy and a $10,000 fine, due immediately.More »

28–Year–Old Felon Sentenced to More than Sixty Years for Selling Crack and Guns

September 14, 2011

Orlando, FL — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced Antonio Deon Bizzell (28, Daytona Beach) to 65 years in federal prison for selling crack cocaine and firearms. The court also ordered Bizzell to forfeit the firearms.More »

Convicted Felon is Sentenced to Life for Role in Drug Conspiracy

September 12, 2011

Tampa, FL — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore today sentenced Kenneth Lamar Madden (54, Tampa) to life in federal prison followed by a consecutive 5 years in federal prison for conspiring to possess 5 kilograms or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crimeMore »

Tampa Men Sentenced on Armed Robbery of Charley’s Steakhouse

August 29, 2011

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that Rogelio Torres (26, Tampa) and Edgar Colon (22, Tampa) were sentenced today by United States District Judge Steven D. Merryday for the October 18, 2010 armed robbery of Charley’s Steakhouse in Tampa. Colon was sentenced to eleven years and 9 months in federal prison and Torres was sentenced to sixteen years in federal prison.More »

Volusia Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty in Deland Bombing

August 26, 2011

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that Lisa Marie Milligan (50, Deltona) today pleaded guilty to federal charges of possession of an unregistered firearm (destructive device) and possession of a firearm (destructive device) by a convicted felon. Milligan faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each count.More »

21 Charged Federally in Operation Woodchop

August 23, 2011

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announced today the culmination of Operation Woodchop, an investigation into two neighborhood-based street gangs in the Orange and Lake County areas. The operation concluded this morning with a total of 21 individuals charged federally with drug violations (see attached list). In addition, 28 individuals were charged with state crimes ranging from drug violations to murder and property crimes.More »

Armed Drug Dealer Found Guilty

August 19, 2011

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that a federal jury yesterday found Roland Martin (28, Jacksonville) guilty of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Martin faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 28, 2011.More »

Convicted Felon Sentenced to 30 Years

August 12, 2011

Tampa, FL – U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara today sentenced Ernest Blanco, Jr. (55, Pasco County) to 360 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of firearms. Blanco was found to be an armed career criminal. The court also ordered Blanco to forfeit his interest in all of the firearms.More »

Convicted Felon Found Guilty of Drug and Weapons Charges in Case involving a Machine Gun and Grenade Launcher

August 10, 2011

Orlando, Florida — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that a federal jury today found Daniel Martinez (29, Orlando) guilty of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and manufacture of marijuana, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Martinez faces a mandatory minimum of 30 years up to life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 4, 2011. Martinez was indicted on February 2, 2011.More »

Jacksonville Man Pleads Guilty to Gun Charges

August 3, 2011

Jacksonville, FL — United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that Rodwick Dowston (29, Jacksonville) today pleaded guilty to theft of firearms from a licenced dealer and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. Dowston faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.More »

Connvicted Felon Found Guilty of Possessing a Firearm

July 27, 2011

Tampa, FL — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that a federal jury yesterday found Gregory Miller (45, Tampa) guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Miller faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 25, 2011.More »

Felon on Federal Supervised Release for Bank Robbery is Sentenced to 20 Years For Role in Drug Conspiracy

July 19, 2011

Tampa, FL – U.S. Attorney Robert E. OŠNeill announces that U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore yesterday sentenced Dennis James Johnson (47, Tampa) to 20 years in federal prison for conspiracy to possess 5 kilograms or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute and carrying, or possessing a firearm during and in relation to or in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.More »

Polk County Man Sentenced to 42 Years

June 27, 2011

Tampa, Florida — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that Akimmie D. Wesley (29, Polk County) was sentenced today by United States District Judge James S. Moody, Jr. to 42 years in federal prison for robbery, carjacking, bank robbery, carrying a firearm during a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.More »

Armed Robber Sentenced to Life

June 14, 2011

Tampa, Florida — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore yesterday sentenced Charles Bernard Tolson (19, Bradenton) to life in federal prison for three convenience store/gas station robberies in Tampa and Manatee County during October 2009. The Court ordered that Tolson serve 3 concurrent 125 month sentences for each robbery, and consecutive to that, to serve 3 concurrent life sentences for brandishing a firearm during each robbery. Tolson was also ordered to make restitution to each of his victims totaling $2,414.60.More »

Tampa Man Found Guilty of Drug Conspiracy

June 8, 2011

Tampa, FL – U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that a federal jury today found Kenneth Lamar Madden (53, Tampa) guilty of conspiracy to possess 5 kilograms or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute; carrying, or possessing a firearm during and in relation to or in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and possession of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base. Madden faces a statutory mandatory sentence of life plus five years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 12, 2011.More »

Fifteen Charged in Methamphetamine Ring

May 24, 2011

PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – A federal criminal complaint has been filed charging fifteen defendants with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine in Jackson County, Florida, announced Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.More »

Armed Robber Gets 50 Years

May 24, 2011

Tampa, Florida — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore yesterday sentenced Lashay Theodora Cooper (23, Bradenton) to 50 years in federal prison for the robbery of a Chevron gas station convenience store and the pistol–whipping of a clerk at an Uppy’s BP gas station. The court also ordered that Cooper’s sentence run consecutive to his 70–month state prison sentence for two unrelated armed robberies in Florida. Cooper was ordered to make restitution to his victims in the amount of $2,414.60.More »

Sarasota Drug Trafficker Sentenced

May 17, 2011

Tampa, FL — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge James S. Moody, Jr. today sentenced William Thomas White (37, Sarasota) to 295 months in federal prison for conspiring with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.More »

Convicted Felon Sentenced to 15 Years for Gun Possession

May 11, 2011

Orlando, Florida – U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp today sentenced Ermando Lewis (32, Daytona Beach) to 15 years in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Lewis pled guilty on February 24, 2011.More »

Neo-Nazi Prison Gang Member Sentenced for Selling Pipe Bombs

May 3, 2011

Tampa, Florida – U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore sentenced Marc A. Balentine (42, St. Petersburg) to seven years and three months in federal prison for selling unregistered destructive devices to undercover agents.More »

Convicted Felon Facing Life in Prison for Crack and Firearms Charges

May 3, 2011

Orlando, Florida – U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that a federal jury on Monday found Antonio Deon Bizzell (28, Daytona Beach), guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine, carrying a firearm while drug trafficking and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Bizzell faces a mandatory minimum of 65 years and up to a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing has not been scheduled yet.More »

Haines City Man Sentenced for Possession of Drugs and Ammunition

April 27, 2011

Tampa, Florida— U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore yesterday sentenced Sandchase Cody (37, Haines City) to 24 years and 6 months in federal prison for distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) and being a felon in possession of ammunition, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1).More »

Orlando Man Who Shot at Sheriff’s Helicopter Sentenced to Prison

April 26, 2011

Orlando, Florida — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell today sentenced Jason Dennis McGuire (27, of Orlando) to 30 months in federal prison for the attempted destruction of an aircraft and for possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony. McGuire was sentenced to a consecutive sentence of 120 months for using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence for a total sentence of twelve and one–half years.More »

ATF Offers $5,000 Reward for Information Regarding a Theft of Firearms

April 22, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. — Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Virginia O’Brien, Tampa Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), today announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the burglary of Angel’s Gun Shop and Business Center located at 30871 Blue Star Highway, Midway, Fla.More »

Jacksonville Man Arrested in Miami on Gun Charges

April 15, 2011

Jacksonville, FL— United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Rodwick Dowston (age 29, Jacksonville) with theft of firearms from a licensed dealer, possession of firearms by a convicted felon and possession of stolen firearms. If convicted on all counts, Dowston faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison.More »

South Florida Man Convicted for Armed Drug Trafficking

April 6, 2011

TALLAHASSEE — Lawrence Berry, Jr., 44, of Opa–locka, was convicted late yesterday of conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, possessing with intent to distribute cocaine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of the drug trafficking offenses, and possessing a firearm after a felony conviction, announced Pamela C. Marsh, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.More »

Two Fort Myers Men Indicted for Robbery of an Undercover Lee County Detective

March 31, 2011

Fort Myers, Florida — United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Eddy Luis Jose Estrella (age 25, Fort Myers) and Miguel Angel Martinez (age 27, Fort Myers) with multiple felonies relating to a robbery of an undercover Lee County Sheriff’s Office detective. Estrella is charged with distribution of oxycodone within 1000 feet of a playground, using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to the distribution of oxycodone, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, conspiracy to affect commerce by robbery, robbery affecting commerce, conspiracy to use and carry a firearm during and in relation to a robbery, and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a robbery. If convicted on all counts, Estrella faces a mandatory minimum period of 32 years up to a maximum of Life in federal prison. Martinez is charged with conspiracy to affect commerce by robbery, robbery affecting commerce, conspiracy to use and carry a firearm during and in relation to a robbery, using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a robbery, and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.More »

Arcadian Man Indicted on Federal Gun Charge

March 17, 2011

Fort Myers, Florida — United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Michael Andre Brown (31, Arcadia) with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. If convicted on all counts, as an Armed Career Criminal, Michael Brown faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years to a maximum of life in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Michael Brown that the United States intends to forfeit the firearm and ammunition which are the subject of the charged criminal conduct.More »

Tampa Man Sentenced to 62 Years Imprisonment for Armed Robbery and Carjacking

January 18, 2011

Tampa, Florida — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Virginia Covington today sentenced Frederick Wardell Mitchell (age 29, of Tampa) to sixtytwo years in federal prison for the armed robbery of a Waffle House Restaurant, and the subsequent carjacking of a patron in the restaurant. Mitchell was found guilty by a jury on October 1, 2010.More »

Daytona Beach Man Sentenced to More Than 9 Years for Selling Guns and Drugs

January 10, 2011

Orlando, FL — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that Chief U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Jarod A. Vreen (age 23, of Daytona Beach, Florida) to 9 years and 2 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. Vreen pled guilty on October 5, 2010. More »