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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Roger B. Handberg
, United States Attorney

Jacksonville Convicted Felon Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Federal Prison for Possessing a Firearm

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis has sentenced Jeromy Washington (25, Jacksonville) to five years and ten months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. The court also ordered Washington to forfeit the ammunition and firearm involved in the offense. Washington had pleaded guilty on May 25, 2022.

According to court documents, Washington was arrested at the scene of a drug transaction where he was getting paid to provide armed security during the sale of narcotics. Prior to the arrest, Washington had sold cocaine and fentanyl to undercover agents numerous times. Washington had previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses and therefore is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Cannizzaro. The forfeiture was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Mai Tran.

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 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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