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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, February 10, 2017
A. Lee Bentley, III
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

Bradenton Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Possessing a Loaded Firearm and Heroin

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday today sentenced Brandon Williams (31, Bradenton) to 10 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon, and knowingly possessing heroin with an intent to distribute it. The Court also ordered him to forfeit the firearm and ammunition involved in the offense. 
Williams was found guilty by a federal jury on November 10, 2016.
According to court documents, on June 13, 2015, Williams possessed a firearm and heroin. The firearm was loaded with nine rounds of .40 caliber ammunition. A law enforcement aviation unit observed Williams attempting to discard the firearm and heroin as officers arrived at the scene on foot. As a previously convicted felon, Williams is 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 was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kaitlin R. O’Donnell and Carlton C. Gammons.
This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy.  United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Daryl R. McCrary, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.
Tampa Field Division