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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
A. Lee Bentley, III
, United States Attorney
Contact: CONTACT: William Daniels

Aryan Brotherhood Member Convicted of Possessing Firearm

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury today found Michael Wilson, also known as “Moon Lake Mike,” guilty of possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. Wilson faces a mandatory minimum sentence of fifteen years in federal prison, and a maximum penalty of life in prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 12, 2017.

Wilson was indicted on July 26, 2016. 

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, the Pasco County Sherriff’s Office SWAT team raided a residence in Hudson, Florida on December 11, 2015 in connection with a search warrant.  Wilson was found barricaded in a bedroom surrounded by drugs, cash, white supremacist-related items, and a loaded .45 caliber firearm.  Several witnesses testified that the firearm belonged to Wilson and that he carried it with him as he sold methamphetamine to others in the area.  Further, Michael Wilson is an admitted member of the Aryan Brotherhood, and the white supremacist-related items found during the search helped prove he lived in the room. 

Wilson is a multiple-time convicted felon, with two convictions for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, four for grand theft, as well as convictions for armed burglary, sale and possession of cocaine, felonious possession of a firearm, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and fleeing and eluding. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael V. Leeman

Field Division: Tampa Field Division