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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 2, 2015
A. Lee Bentley, III
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

Convicted Felon Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Selling Guns

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis has sentenced Alphonso Parker (36, Jacksonville) to 10 years in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of multiple firearms. He pleaded guilty on May 28, 2015.

According to court documents, between June and July 2014, Parker sold nine firearms to a confidential informant. At the time, Parker had prior felony convictions for battery, burglary, and aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, and therefore was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Talbot.

This is another case prosecuted as 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 Regina Lombardo, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, are coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials. It is also a part of ATF’s Frontline Strategy on reducing violent crime in communities.

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