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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, November 13, 2017
W. Stephen Muldrow
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

Fort Myers Man Sentenced to More Than Fifteen Years for Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

Fort Myers, Florida – Senior U.S. District Judge John E. Steele today sentenced Derrick L. Kinchen (39, Fort Myers) to 15 years and 8 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. As a three-time convicted felon, he was subject to enhanced penalties under the Armed Career Criminal statute. The Court also ordered him to forfeit the firearm and ammunition associated with the offense.

According to court documents, on July 22, 2016, the Fort Myers Police Department was contacted regarding an individual with a gun at an apartment complex. Following a search in the area, Kinchen was located and identified as the individual with the firearm. As a result of his prior felony convictions, Kinchen is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

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

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, Acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

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