For Immediate Release
Monday, November 14, 2016
, United States Attorney
A. Lee Bentley, III
Contact: William Daniels
Bradenton Man Convicted of Possessing Firearm, Ammunition, and Heroin
Field Division: Tampa Field Division
Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury has found Brandon Williams (31, Bradenton) guilty of possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon and possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison for the firearm count and up to 20 years in federal prison for the heroin count. His sentencing is scheduled for February 17, 2017. Williams was indicted on July 28, 2015.
According to evidence presented at trial, on June 13, 2015, Williams possessed a loaded .40 caliber firearm and approximately 2 grams of heroin. He attempted to dispose of both as law enforcement authorities arrived at the scene. As a previously convicted felon, Williams was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kaitlin R. O’Donnell and Carlton C. Gammons.