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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, May 27, 2016
A. Lee Bentley, III
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced for Possessing Firearms and Ammunition

Ocala, Florida – Senior United States District Judge Wm. Terrell Hodges has sentenced Larry Garfield Letterman (63, Wildwood) to 48 months in federal prison for possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon. 

According to the plea agreement, Letterman met with a confidential informant in October and November 2015, during which he sold the informant three firearms and ammunition, including an AR-15 rifle. On December 15, 2015, federal agents executed a search warrant at Letterman’s residence. They recovered an AK-47 rifle, a shotgun, a handgun, and more than 260 rounds of ammunition.

Letterman admitted to possessing the firearms and ammunition and also stated that he had multiple prior felony convictions, including possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, burglary, and sodomy of a male less than fourteen years of age. As a previously convicted felon, Letterman is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law.  

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.

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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