For Immediate Release
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
, United States Attorney
Maria Chapa Lopez
Contact: William Daniels
Federal Jury Finds Armed Career Criminal Guilty On Firearm Charge
Tampa Field Division
Jacksonville, Florida – A federal jury has found Jemone Lawrence Walker (32, Jacksonville) guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years, and up to life, in federal prison. Walker’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 20, 2018.
Walker was indicted on March 7, 2018.
According to testimony presented at trial, Walker was found to be in possession of a loaded revolver when the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to an armed domestic call at a Jacksonville home. As a previously convicted felon, Walker is prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law.
This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ashley Washington and Jay Taylor.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In October 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to develop districtwide crime reduction strategies, incorporating the lessons learned since the program’s inception in 2001. 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.