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Deleon Springs Felon Convicted for Possessing Firearms and Ammunition

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Orlando, Florida – United States District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. today found Marco Maurice Heath (36, Deleon Spring) guilty of being a convicted felon who unlawfully possessed multiple firearms and ammunition. Heath faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison due to his prior felony convictions for crimes of violence and serious drug offenses. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 3, 2014. He was indicted on May 7, 2014.

Apopka Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Possessing Firearms

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Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Jermal Marquis Chambers (26, Apopka) to 15 years in federal prison for possession of firearms and ammunition in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon. The sentence included 10 years for possessing the firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and 5 years for the possession by a convicted felon offense, to be served consecutively. The Court also ordered Chambers to forfeit 10 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition that he possessed.

Orlando Man Arrested on Federal Drug Trafficking and Gun Charges

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Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the arrest today of Fredrick Collins, Sr. (36, Orlando) on an indictment returned on April 9, 2014, charging him with distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and methylone, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. If convicted on all charges, Collins faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.

Tampa Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing a Firearm and Ammunition

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Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore yesterday sentenced Ulrich Johnson (27, Tampa) to 15 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The Court also ordered Johnson to forfeit the firearm and ammunition. Johnson pleaded guilty on April 24, 2014.

Ocoee Man Convicted of Aiding and Abetting Attempted Commercial Robbery

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Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury yesterday found Jacques Maddox (22, Ocoee) guilty of one count of aiding and abetting the attempted robbery of a Walgreens store located at 5501 South Kirkman Road in Orlando. Maddox faces a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 10, 2014. Maddox was indicted on April 2, 2014.

Local Tattoo Artist Convicted of Federal Firearms Charge

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Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury today found Anthony Lee Erity (33, Kenneth City) guilty of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. Erity faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 18, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington. Erity was indicted on November 21, 2013.

Haines City Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Firearms and Ammunition from the United States to Columbia

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Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Mauricio Arbelaez (42, Haines City) pleaded guilty today to smuggling goods from the United States, possession of an unregistered silencer, and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Arbelaez faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in federal prison. Arbelaez was indicted on March 7, 2014.

Federal Jury Convicts Sanford 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 Brandon Lavantis Hughes (28, Sanford) guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Hughes faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  His sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 15, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr.  Hughes was indicted on April 2, 2014.

Serial Bank Robber Sentenced to more than 14 Years in Federal Prison

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Ocala, Florida – Senior U.S. District Judge Wm. Terrell Hodges yesterday sentenced Renita Mount Rayner (53, Tampa) to 14 years and 7 months in federal prison for three counts of robbery of a federally insured financial institution and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The court also ordered Rayner to forfeit $8,028, traceable proceeds of the offenses. Rayner pleaded guilty on February 13, 2014.

Jacksonville Man Indicted On Federal Charges Of Failure To Registar As A Sex Offender And Possession Of Firearms By A Convicted Felon

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Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced yesterday that Daniel Todd Manning (42, Jacksonville) has been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with failing to register as sex offender, after traveling from the state of Missouri. He is also charged with the possession of firearms by a convicted felon. If convicted, Manning faces up to 10 years in federal prison for each offense. Manning has been in custody on related state charges since his arrest on April 30, 2014, in Jacksonville.  

Six Charged in Racketeering Conspiracy Case Involving Nine Murders

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Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of a twenty-eight count second superseding indictment charging Nathaniel Harris (23, Bradenton), Napoleon Harris (29, Bradenton), Charlie L. Green (27, Bradenton), Jerry W. Green, Jr. (31, Bradenton), Corey Deonta Harris (23, St. Petersburg), and Deonte Jamal Martin (28, Bradenton) for their roles in a racketeering conspiracy involving murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery, and drug trafficking.  Seven of the offenses carry a maximum penalty of death.

Commercial Armed Robbers Arrested in Multi-Agency Investigation

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Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Shamorcus Brandan Nesbitt (27, Tampa) and England Alexander Wilson (32, Tampa) have been charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, interference with commerce by robbery, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to and in furtherance of a crime of violence. If convicted, each faces a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment for each robbery, and mandatory minimum consecutive sentences of 7 years, up to life imprisonment for each related firearms offenses.

Multi-Convicted Felon Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

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Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara today sentenced Tory Lenard James (32, Sarasota) to ten years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. James was found guilty by a federal jury on February 25, 2014.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on July 25, 2013, members of the Sarasota Police Department executed a search warrant at James’s residence. Inside the home, law enforcement officers found a loaded .22 caliber pistol.

Madison Firearms Dealer Sentenced

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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Chad Eric Jones, 43, of Madison, Florida, was sentenced on April 29, 2014, to one year in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle following acceptance of his guilty plea in November of last year.  Jones, a federally licensed firearms dealer, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of selling firearms to a convicted felon and a single count of selling a handgun to a person under 21 years of age.

Tallahassee Man Sentenced As Armed Career Criminal

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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDAUnited States Attorney Pamela C. Marsh announced today that Michael Townsend Anthony, 40, of Tallahassee, has been sentenced to 188 months in federal prison today for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Because Anthony had previously been convicted of three or more crimes of violence committed on separate occasions, he faced a minimum fifteen year term of imprisonment.

Orlando Man Pleads Guilty to Charges in Connection with Mailing Firearms to the U.S. Virgin Islands

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Orlando, FL – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Quem Stephen Clive Dixon (24, Orlando) today pleaded guilty to three counts of making a false statement to a firearms dealer, three counts of transferring a firearm across state lines, and one count of selling a firearm to a convicted felon. Dixon faces a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment on each false statement count, 5 years in prison on each count of transferring a firearm to a nonresident, and 10 years’ imprisonment on the single count of selling a firearm to a convicted felon.

Debary Man Sentenced to More than 7 Years in Federal Prison for Firearm and Drug Offenses

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Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell sentenced Steven George Higbee (51, Debary) yesterday to 7 ½ years in federal prison for firearm and drug offenses, including possession of a firearm by a person subject to a domestic violence protection order, attempted possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Higbee pleaded guilty on January 24, 2014.

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