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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.

Colombian Brothers Sentenced to Prison for Smuggling Firearms

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Orlando, Florida – Chief U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway has sentenced two brothers, Nelson Cartagena (41, Rockledge) and Dairo Cartagena (38, Rockledge), for their roles in a conspiracy to smuggle firearms to Colombia, and for unlawfully dealing in firearms.  Nelson Cartagena was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison and Dairo Cartagena was sentenced to 5 years and 3 months’ imprisonment. The Court also ordered the Cartagenas to forfeit all firearms intercepted by law enforcement during the investigation.      

Tampa Man Convicted of Commercial Armed Robbery

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Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury today found Shamorcus Brandan Nesbitt (28, Tampa) guilty of 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 a firearm and ammunition. Nesbitt faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 37 years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 19, 2015.  He was indicted on June 19, 2014.

St. Petersburg Man Convicted of Federal Firearms Charge, Witness Tampering, and Obstruction of Justice

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Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury has found Demetrius Sharron Davis (33, St. Petersburg) guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, tampering with a witness, and obstruction of justice. He faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 4, 2015.

Zephyrhills Brothers Sentenced to Prison for Firearms Offenses

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Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Dannie Carl Rayford, Jr. (32) to 15 years in federal prison, and his brother, Jermain Lavan Harrison (30), to 12 years and 7 months in federal prison for possessing firearms and ammunition. Both men were previously convicted of multiple felony offenses, including armed burglaries and drug violations.

Rayford and Harrison pleaded guilty on October 7, 2014.

Another Member of Large Scale Pensacola Cocaine Trafficking Organization Sentenced to Federal Prison

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PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Victor D. Rome, 39, from the Pensacola area, was sentenced in federal court today on drug trafficking conspiracy charges.  Rome was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge M. Casey Rodgers to 280 months’ imprisonment and 10 years of supervision upon his release.  The sentence was announced today by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Marion County Convicted Felon Facing 15 Years to Life for Possession of a Firearm

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Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Jermaine Lamar Harris (31, Ocala) pleaded guilty today to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He faces a mandatory minimum term of 15 years, up to life, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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