For Immediate Release
JACKSONVILLE ARMED CAREER CRIMINAL SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 18 YEARS FOR ILLEGALLY POSSESSING FIREARM
Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Todd Levant Asbey Sr. (48, Jacksonville) for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Asbey, who was on federal supervised release at the time of the offense, received sentences of 15 years and 8 months in federal prison for illegally possessing the firearm and 2 years 6 months’ imprisonment (to be served consecutively) for violating the terms and conditions of his supervised release. Asbey had pleaded guilty on March 5, 2019.
According to the plea agreement and evidence presented at the sentencing hearing, on March 11, 2018, Asbey entered a Waffle House restaurant in Jacksonville carrying a 9 mm pistol, in search of an individual whom he believed had stolen his cellphone. After accosting a customer and striking him in the head, Asbey went out into the restaurant parking lot and discharged the pistol toward the customer and another individual, missing both. Patrol officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded pursuant to 911 calls and arrested Asbey as he was leaving the scene in a vehicle being driven by a friend. In the vehicle, officers found the pistol Asbey had fired and two other firearms. The officers also located a cartridge case in the Waffle House parking lot that matched the pistol fired by Asbey. At the time, Asbey had multiple prior felony convictions, including a conviction for robbery and three convictions for possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, and was therefore prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm.
This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David B. Mesrobian.
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.