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Convicted Felon Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Possession of a Firearm

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Ocala, Florida – Senior United States District Judge Wm. Terrell Hodges yesterday sentenced Ish’Mael M. Cassells (31, Ocala) to 15 years in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. He pleaded guilty on July 24, 2014.

According to court documents, from April 22, 2014, through May 8, 2014, Cassells sold firearms, including .380 and .40 caliber pistols and a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle, and prescription pain pills to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. 

Levy County Man Sentenced for Burglary and Theft of Firearms

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GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA –Senior U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson sentenced Joshua Sipe, 30, of Newberry, Florida, to a mandatory minimum term of 15 years as an Armed Career Criminal in federal court in Gainesville yesterday. The sentence imposed by the court was  announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Former Chief of Longwood Police Department Indicted

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Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Thomas S. Jackson (57, Longwood) and Samer S. Majzoub (53, Heathrow) with one count of conspiracy and three counts of bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.  If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for the conspiracy count and ten years’ imprisonment for each bribery count.

Haines City Man Sentenced to More Than 5 Years for Smuggling Firearms and Ammunition from the United States to Columbia

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Orlando, Florida – Senior U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp sentenced Mauricio Arbelaez (42, Haines City) to five years and three months in federal prison for smuggling goods from the United States, possessing an unregistered silencer, and possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.  Arbelaez pleaded guilty on June 25, 2014.

Tampa Crack Cocaine Traffickers Sentenced to Federal Prison

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Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Charlene E. Honeywell yesterday sentenced Paul Close (30) to 15 years and six months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute crack cocaine. Close was the last of four individuals to be sentenced in this case. On August 8, 2014, Craig Cooley (36) was sentenced to 17 years and six months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine. Lataurus Wanser (31) was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment for conspiring to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.

Multi-Convicted Felon Sentenced to Over 11 Years in Prison for Possession of an AK-47 Assault Rifle

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Orlando, FL –U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza today sentenced Tyruss Lydell Lomax (29, Sanford) to 11 years and 8 months in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Court also ordered Lomax to forfeit the Century International Arms AK-47 rifle used in the crime. Lomax pleaded guilty on May 14, 2014.

Sarasota Man Sentenced to Six Years for Possessing Firearms and Ammunition

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Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven yesterday sentenced Terrance Timmons (30, Sarasota) to six years in federal prison for possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon. The court also ordered Timmons to forfeit two firearms and twenty rounds of ammunition. Timmons pleaded guilty on May 20, 2014.

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.

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