For Immediate Release
Convicted Felon Pleads Guilty to Possessing Firearms After Being Reported for Illegal Gun Sales
Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Robert Humberston (39, Sarasota) has pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Humberston faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to the plea agreement, in March 2021, law enforcement officers recovered three firearms from a felon during a probation search. The felon – who was prohibited from possessing firearms – informed the officers that he had purchased all three firearms from Humberston, and that he had purchased one of the firearms as recently as early January 2021. The felon showed law enforcement officers a series of Facebook messages where Humberston arranged for the sale of the firearm. Officers secured a search warrant for Humberston’s Facebook account. The Facebook account contained several pictures of Humberston holding various firearms. The account also contained numerous posts and messages relating to the sale of firearms. Law enforcement officers discovered the chain of messages where Humberston agreed to sell the firearm to the felon from early January 2021.
Humberston was previously convicted of multiple felonies. Therefore, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Charlie D. Connally.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.