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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, March 16, 2020
Maria Chapa Lopez
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to 15 Years for Illegally Possessing Firearm

Jacksonville, FL – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Timothy Tijwan Doctor (42, Jacksonville) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearms as a convicted felon. Due to his extensive felony criminal history, Doctor qualified as an Armed Career Criminal and faced an enhanced penalty.

According to court documents, on August 11, 2018, multiple officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a home in Jacksonville. As officers arrived, they observed a crowd in front of the residence, with persons yelling, and what appeared to be a confrontation. As officers separated the individuals in the crowd, Doctor was identified as having a firearm. Officers made contact with Doctor and removed a loaded Ruger .9mm pistol from his waistband. Further investigation determined that Doctor is a multi-time convicted felon.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Jacksonville Field Office and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Frein.

This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.


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