For Immediate Release
Gang Member Sentenced for Firearm Possession
Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore has sentenced Rorn Sorn (34, St. Petersburg) to six years and five months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. He pleaded guilty on April 24, 2017.
According to court documents, on December 17, 2016, Sorn and another individual entered Club Lust in St. Petersburg and went into the restroom. A few moments later, a security guard heard a gunshot go off in the restroom and observed Sorn and another male as they were exiting the restroom. The security guard asked the men if they had fired a gun. Sorn replied, “It was an accident, man. I was just trying to take a selfie.” Nightclub employees observed a bullet hole in the bathroom mirror that went through the wall into the ladies’ room.
Officers from the St. Petersburg Police Department arrested Sorn a short time later. A .40 caliber firearm, a gun magazine, marijuana, and Xanax pills were recovered from his pockets. Sorn, a member of the Asian Pride Gang, has prior convictions for burglary of a dwelling and attempted first-degree murder and is therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shauna S. Hale.
This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy. Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow, along with Daryl R. McCrary, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.