For Immediate Release
Armed Felon Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison
Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan today sentenced Jerome Stancil (52, Jacksonville) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
Stancil had been found guilty on January 31, 2019, following a bench trial.
According to court documents, Stancil was stopped by officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office for speeding. The officers discovered that Stancil was in violation of his state probation curfew and also noticed an odor of marijuana coming from Stancil’s vehicle. Officers searched Stancil’s car and found a loaded .40 caliber pistol near the driver’s seat. Stancil admitted that the firearm was his and said it was for protection.
At the time, Stancil had prior convictions in Virginia for multiple drug trafficking felonies. As a result of his prior convictions, Stancil was prohibited from possessing a firearm and qualified as an armed career criminal under federal law.
This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Talbot.
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.