Tampa Field Division

Tampa Felon Convicted of Firearm Possession

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Tampa, FL – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury yesterday found Antouin L. Barker (44) guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Barker faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment, up to a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. His sentencing hearing is scheduled on May 15, 2014. Barker was indicted on May 1, 2013.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Bradenton Felon Charged In Firearms And Drug Crimes

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Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Brandon Taylor (24, Bradenton). The five-count indictment charges Taylor with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and three counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base. If convicted, Taylor faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison for each narcotics offense and up to 10 years’ imprisonment for each firearms offense.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Lake County Man Convicted of Federal Firearms Offense

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Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury yesterday found Lucien Frank Sobolewski (44, Eustis) guilty of possession of a firearm and ammunition by an unlawful user of a controlled substance (marijuana). Sobolewski faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled. Sobolewski was indicted on March 20, 2013.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Federal Jury Convicts Merritt Island Felon for Possessing A Firearm

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Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury yesterday found Jason Lydell Orr (35, Merritt Island) guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Based on his prior felony convictions, Orr faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years, up to life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 14, 2014, before Senior U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell. Orr was indicted on September 25, 2013.

Last Reviewed May 7, 2015

Hawthorne Man with History of Mental Illness Indicted on Gun Charges

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Tampa, Florida – Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the arrest and charging of David Harris Dunaway (58Hawthorne) for being an individual adjudicated as mentally defective and having been committed to a mental institution, in possession of a firearm and ammunition. If convicted, Dunaway faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison. 

Dunaway was indicted on December 18, 2013.

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

Federal Jury Finds Convicted Felon Guilty of Possessing a Firearm

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Orlando, FL - Acting U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury today found Brian K. Hatten (33, Orlando) guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Based on his prior felony convictions, Hatten faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years, up to life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 28, 2014, before U.S. District Court Judge John Antoon, II.

Hatten was indicted on October 23, 2013.

Last Reviewed May 5, 2015

Pinellas County Men Sentenced in a Joint Federal and State Weapons and Drugs Investigation

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Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced Joseph E. Thornton (34, of Largo) to 15 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Thornton pleaded guilty on June 27, 2013.

According to court documents, Thornton made a series of gun and cocaine sales to an undercover officer, including selling cocaine and a .40 caliber Hi-Point pistol and ammunition to an officer on January 8, 2013.  Following the purchase, law enforcement learned that the pistol had been reported stolen on December 17, 2012, following a residential burglary.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Ocala Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Possession of 6 Machineguns

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Ocala, Florida – Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, announces that Charles Robert Lester (49, Ocala) pleaded guilty late yesterday to unlawful possession of six machineguns. He faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Lester was indicted on July 31, 2013.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Two Convicted Felons Sentenced for Federal Firearm Charges

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Tampa, Florida– U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday today sentenced David P. Lawrence (26, Bradenton) to 11 years and 8 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Previously, on November 6, 2013, co-defendant Mark Alan Finehout (37, Sarasota) was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Lawrence and Finehout were indicted on June 12, 2013. Both men pleaded guilty to the charges in August 2013.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

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