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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, February 23, 2018
Maria Chapa Lopez
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

Armed Career Criminal Who Sold Rifle While Working at a Gun Store Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced Jose Luis Sanchez-Rosado (44, Volusia County) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Due to his multiple felony convictions, he qualified for an increased penalty under the Armed Career Criminal Act. Sanchez-Rosado pleaded guilty on December 1, 2017.

According to court documents, in June 2017, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives received information that Sanchez-Rosado had worked at a gun store in Deltona, handled firearms, and provided tactical training in the use of firearms for customers. Further investigation revealed that Sanchez-Rosado had possessed and pawned a 5.56-millimeter caliber rifle at a pawnshop in Orange City. Due to his prior felony convictions, Sanchez-Rosado is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by ATF and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sean P. Shecter.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In October 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to develop districtwide crime reduction strategies, incorporating the lessons learned since the program’s inception in 2001. 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.

Field Division: Tampa Field Division