For Immediate Release
Convicted Felon Arrested for Federal Firearm Offense
Ocala, FL – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of an indictment charging Malcolm Jerome Straughter (34, Ocala) with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. If convicted, Straughter faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. Federal agents arrested Straughter yesterday.
According to court records, on March 19, 2020, officers from the City of Ocala Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Straughter’s vehicle, during which officers found Straughter in possession of a loaded 9mm firearm and multiple small bags of marijuana. The firearm had an obliterated serial number and was later confirmed to be stolen.
Straughter has prior state felony convictions for possession of cocaine, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, and robbery with a firearm. Because of his prior felony convictions, he is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Ocala Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tyrie Boyer.
This case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence and enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes.