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A Riviera Beach man was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms.  Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Carlos Canino, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Division, Stephen J. Stepp, Chief, Palm Beach Gardens Police Department (PBGPD) and Ric Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), made the announcement.

At the request of the offices of the Minister of Defense and the Attorney General of El Salvador, the International Response Team (IRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will arrive in El Salvador on Thursday, Oct. 1 to provide support in the investigation into the Sept. 28 explosion at a military base near San Juan Opico, La Libertad, El Salvador.  The ATF team of approximately 20 members, will arrive in El Salvador to conduct a post-blast scene investigation, including scene reconstruction, interviews, and sifting through debris to obtain evidence related to the explosion. The team will work in close coordination with the Salvadoran Attorney General, Ministry of Defense and the National Civil Police.

Former security company owner Michael Downey, 45, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, was sentenced today to 27 years in federal prison for child pornography and illegal firearm charges, announced U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. Downey received 18 years for the child pornography count and 9 years for the firearm count, which will be served consecutively. Downey pled guilty in March 2015 to attempting to receive child pornography over the internet through live streaming videos and illegally possessing an unregistered short-barreled rifle. After the 27-year term of imprisonment, Downey will serve 10 years on supervised release and be required to register as a sex offender wherever he works or lives.

All Federally licensed manufacturers of firearms and destructive devices (Federal Firearms License types 07 and 10) are required to submit a production report of manufacturing and export activity to ATF by April 1 of each year. The report covers activity for the calendar year ended the previous December 31 - for example, calendar year 2013 data was due to ATF by April 1, 2014.

The U.S. Department of Justice today awarded nearly $500,000 in federal grant money for an innovative program to reduce gun violence in Seattle, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. The grant, under the Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) program supports the Puget Sound Regional Crime Gun Task Force, which is focused on increasing the ability of law enforcement to trace shell casings and firearms used in crimes and thus identify shooters and take them off the streets.