For Immediate Release
Convicted Felon Sentenced to 15 Years for Firearm Offense
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Cameron Dain Gillilan, 31, of Navarre, Florida, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The sentence was announced by Jason R. Coody, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
“This sentence ensures that our community will be safer and sends a message that there are real and severe consequences for federal firearm offenses,” said U.S. Attorney Coody. "Thanks to the outstanding work of our law enforcement partners, this armed felon has been called to account for his continued criminal conduct."
During the evening hours on October 25, 2022, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a structure on Mobile Highway in Pensacola, Florida. Bail bondsmen of Billy Clark Bail Bonds were executing a warrant service on Gillilan, who had failed to appear for court in Santa Rosa County. The failure to appear warrant related to a case against Gillilan involving trafficking of methamphetamine and fentanyl. After the bail bondsmen handcuffed Gillilan behind his back and walked him outside, Gillilan pulled a loaded and chambered firearm out of his backside waistband. Fortunately, the bail bondsmen quickly seized the firearm, cleared it, and set it aside. Gillilan had previously been convicted of several felony offenses to include three drug trafficking convictions, an additional conviction for carrying a concealed firearm and a prior misdemeanor crime of domestic violence battery involving strangulation. Such prior convictions prohibited Gillilan from possessing firearms. Gillilan was well-known to the law enforcement community as a drug dealer who often carried weapons on his person.
“This is a huge public safety win for residents of Northwest Florida,” said ATF Tampa Field Division Special Agent in Charge Kirk Howard. “It’s also a reminder of the risks law enforcement officers face every day to protect their communities.”
This conviction was the result of an investigation conducted by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Callahan prosecuted the case.