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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
A. Lee Bentley, III
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to 15 Years

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Timothy Dale Washington, II (33, Tampa) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. The Court also ordered him to forfeit the firearm and ammunition used in the offense. He pleaded guilty on September 12, 2016.

According to court documents, on January 24, 2016, deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office located Washington at an apartment complex in Tampa, pursuant to an outstanding arrest warrant. As the deputies announced their presence and approached Washington, he removed a pistol from his pants, dropped it, and fled. The deputies apprehended and arrested Washington. At the time, Washington had multiple prior felony convictions for violent offenses and serious drug offenses, and therefore was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Taylor G. Stout.

This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy. United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Daryl R. McCrary, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.


Tampa Field Division