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Convicted Felon Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Selling Guns

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Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis has sentenced Alphonso Parker (36, Jacksonville) to 10 years in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of multiple firearms. He pleaded guilty on May 28, 2015.

According to court documents, between June and July 2014, Parker sold nine firearms to a confidential informant. At the time, Parker had prior felony convictions for battery, burglary, and aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, and therefore was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

Sarasota Felon Sentenced to More Than Six Years for Possessing a Firearm

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Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore has sentenced Kevin Eugene McKnight (31, Sarasota) to six years and five months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. He pleaded guilty on July 8, 2015.

According to court documents, in October 2014, McKnight sold a handgun and oxycodone pills to an undercover detective from the Sarasota Police Department. Prior to this incident, McKnight had multiple prior felony convictions. As a result, he was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

Pensacola Businessman Indicted on Multiple Federal Charges

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PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Herdeypal Singh Bhatti, 41, of Pensacola, was arraigned today in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola after a federal grand jury returned two separate indictments charging him with unlawfully attempting to procure naturalization and with wire and mail fraud. The indictments were announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Texas Man Charged with Conspiring to Smuggle Weapons to the Middle East

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Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Eyad Farah (41, Barrington, Texas) with conspiring to export firearms without a license, exporting firearms without a license, and smuggling firearms from the United States in violation of federal export control and firearms laws. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison for the conspiracy offense, up to 10 years’ imprisonment on the export charge, and up to 20 years in federal prison for the smuggling charge.

Jacksonville Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to Possession of Firearms by a Convicted Felon

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Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Daniel Todd Manning (43, Jacksonville) has pleaded guilty to possessing several firearms after having been convicted of felony child sex offenses in the State of Kansas.  He faces up to 10 years in federal prison. Manning has been in custody since his arrest on April 30, 2014, in Jacksonville. A sentencing hearing has not yet been set.

Kissimmee Man Pleads Guilty to Dealing in Firearms Without a License

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Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Colin Knight (54, Kissimmee) yesterday pleaded guilty to dealing in firearms without a license. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. Knight has also agreed to forfeit 32 firearms that he possessed or acquired during the commission of the offense. A sentencing date has not been set.

Tampa Man Sentenced to 29 Years for Armed Robbery

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Tampa, Florida – Senior U.S. District Judge U.S. District Court Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Shamorcus Brandan Nesbitt (28, Tampa) to 29 years in federal prison for conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, interference with commerce by robbery, carrying a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of firearm and ammunition. Nesbitt was found guilty by a federal jury on February 12, 2015.

Citrus County Convicted Felon Sentenced for Possession of 138 Firearms and Ammunition

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Ocala, Florida – Senior United States District Judge Wm. Terrell Hodges today sentenced Michael Paul Watkins (41, Citrus Springs) to six years and six months in federal prison for possession of firearms and ammunition by a previously convicted felon.  Watkins pleaded guilty on February 26, 2015.       

Convicted Felon Sentenced to Ten Years for Possession of Ammunition in Connection with 2010 Lakeland Homicide

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Tampa, FL– U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday today sentenced Matthew Anillo Mango (32, Lakeland) to 10 years in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition. This charge stemmed from the 2010 homicide of Lakeland resident Amanda Peterson. Mango pleaded guilty on June 24, 2014.

 

Lakeland Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Gun and Drug Offenses

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Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore has sentenced Wayne “Bam Bam” Broderick (39, Lakeland) to 20 years in federal prison for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of firearms during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. He pleaded guilty on February 24, 2015.

 

Pensacola Man Sentenced for Federal Armed Drug Trafficking Violations

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PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Marheem R. Smith, 24, of Pensacola, was sentenced to 8 ½ years in federal prison by Chief United States District Judge M. Casey Rodgers for possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.  The sentence was announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Texas Drug Source Pleads Guilty in Multi-State Cocaine Conspiracy

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PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Rodney D. Butler, a/k/a “Rodney Davenport,” 48, of the Houston, Texas, area, pled guilty today to conspiring to distribute more than 50 kilograms of cocaine and conspiring to launder tens of thousands of dollars in cocaine-derived currency. The plea was announced today by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Butler is the twelfth defendant to plead guilty in the case.

Sanford Felon Convicted of Firearm and Drug Offenses

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Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury has found Eugene Chisolm (57, Sanford) guilty of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and possessing cocaine and cocaine base (“crack”) with the intent to distribute it. He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years, up to life, in federal prison on the firearm count, and up to 20 years’ imprisonment on the drug count. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 19, 2015. Chisolm was indicted on December 19, 2014.

Orlando Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Firearm Offenses

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Orlando, Florida – Chief U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway has sentenced Anthony Kenty Soto-Lopes (34, Orlando) to five years in federal prison for possessing an unregistered machinegun, silencer, and short barreled rifle, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The Court also ordered him to forfeit five Glock pistols that law enforcement recovered from his residence during the investigation. Soto-Lopes pleaded guilty on December 19, 2014.

Armed Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to More Than 13 Years

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Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell today sentenced Carlos Sanchez (29, Lakeland) to 13 years and 4 months in federal prison for possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, possessing a firearm and ammunition as a previously convicted felon, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He pleaded guilty on December 1, 2014.

Panama City Man Convicted of Possessing Firearm as a Convicted Felon

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PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – Late yesterday, a federal grand jury in Panama City, Florida, convicted Sammie Lee Underwood III, 22, of Panama City, of being a felon in possession of a loaded .380 caliber pistol. The verdict was announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. At trial, the government presented evidence that, in May 2014, Panama City police officers were on patrol in the Glenwood neighborhood when Underwood, driving a white Chevrolet Tahoe, ran a stop sign. He then led the officers on a chase through the neighborhood.

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