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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Maria Chapa Lopez
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

Daytona Beach Armed Career Criminal Sentenced

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced James Joseph Bryant (49, Daytona Beach) to 10 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Due to his multiple prior felony convictions, Bryant qualified for an increased penalty under the Armed Career Criminal Act. The court also ordered Bryant to forfeit the 9mm pistol and ammunition used during the offense.

Bryant had pleaded guilty on September 24, 2018. 

According to court documents, Bryant was carrying a loaded firearm when Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputies contacted him on February 22, 2018 to serve three felony arrest warrants. At the time, Bryant had multiple prior felony convictions and therefore was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney E. Jackson Boggs Jr.

This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.


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