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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.

Multi-Convicted Felon Sentenced to 20 Years for Firearm Offenses

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Orlando, Florida – Chief U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Curtis Lee Dallas (32, Orlando) to 20 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possessing that firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The court also ordered Dallas to forfeit the Taurus pistol and 9mm ammunition he possessed at the time of his arrest.  A federal jury found Dallas guilty on April 30, 2013.

Former Substitute Teacher Sentenced to More than 16 Years for Multiple Armed Robberies

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Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard yesterday sentenced Eddie Battles (26, Valdosta, Georgia) to 16 years and 2 months in federal prison for eleven counts of armed robbery and two counts of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Battles pleaded guilty on June 20, 2013.

Apopka Felon Pleads Guilty to Possession of Drugs, Guns, and Ammunition

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Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Jermal Marquis Chambers (25, Apopka) today pleaded guilty to possession of firearms and ammunition in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. Chambers faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Task Force Puts Drug Trafficking Ring Out of Business

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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – United States Attorney Pamela C. Marsh announced the culmination of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation “King of the Trap.”

The operation targeted a drug trafficking organization that was responsible for distributing in excess of 100 kilograms of cocaine and 500 pounds of marijuana in the north central panhandle of Florida between 2008 and 2013.  The investigation led to the arrest and prosecution of 43 federal defendants, whose sentences ranged from three years of probation to life imprisonment.

Lakeland Man Convicted of Charges Related to Armed Robbery

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Tampa, FL – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury today found Kristian Keron Green (23, Lakeland) guilty of conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by robbery, interference with interstate commerce by robbery, and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Green faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each of the robbery counts and a mandatory minimum of 10 years on the firearm charge, which must run consecutive to the robbery counts. His sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later date.

Federal Jury Finds Sarasota Convicted Felon Guilty Of Firearm Possession

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Tampa, FL – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury today found Tory Lenard James (32, Sarasota) guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. James faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 16, 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.

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