For Immediate Release
Armed Felon in Rap Video Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Firearm
Jacksonville, FL – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis has sentenced Richard Leroy Douglas (25, Jacksonville) to 41 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
Douglas had pleaded guilty on July 9, 2019.
According to court documents, on October 1, 2018, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was conducting a YouTube query of firearm-related music videos in the Jacksonville area and found a video titled “Hulio Da Don “KOBK” (Official Music Video).” According to the YouTube webpage, the video was published on September 14, 2018. The KOBK music video depicted several individuals possessing, holding, and pointing numerous suspected firearms of varying types and calibers. Agents identified Douglas as one of the individuals in the KOBK music video who had possessed a Zastava, 7.62x39-mm pistol with a double black taped magazine.
On September 27, 2018, detectives from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) had executed a narcotics-related search warrant at a residence. During the search of the residence, JSO officers located five firearms, one of which was a Zastava, 7.62x39-mm pistol. That pistol matched the unique characteristic of the Zastava, 7.62x39-mm pistol that Douglas had possessed in the KOBK music video. The residence also matched the KOBK music video shoot location.
This case was investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Beatriz Gonzalez.
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.