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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, September 18, 2023
Roger B. Handberg
, United States Attorney

Fort Myers Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Unlawfully Possessing Firearms as a Convicted Felon

Fort Myers, Fla. – U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Barber has sentenced Travis Lavon Anderson (36, Fort Myers) to nine years in federal prison for possessing firearms as a previously convicted felon. The court also ordered Anderson to forfeit the firearms and ammunition possessed during the offense. Anderson had pleaded guilty on June 12, 2023.

According to court documents, in the afternoon of June 8, 2022, Fort Myers Police Department (FMPD) officers were alerted to multiple rounds of gunfire in quick succession in the vicinity of a residence on Lantana Street in Fort Myers. During a subsequent investigation into the origin of the gunfire, officers obtained surveillance video depicting Anderson discharging a firearm 10 times in front of his residence on Lantana Street. The FMPD obtained a search warrant for the interior of the residence where officers found three firearms and several dozen rounds of ammunition belonging to Anderson, including a loaded AR-15-style rifle and two handguns. As a convicted felon, Anderson is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.       

This case was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Fort Myers Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Simon R. Eth.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.


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