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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, February 22, 2021
Maria Chapa Lopez
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

Jacksonville Felon Sentenced to More than Eight Years in Prison for Firearms Possession

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Tyrone Lee Jones (33, Jacksonville) to eight years and four months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Jones had pleaded guilty on March 4, 2020.

According to court documents, in July 2019, a confidential source (“CS”) working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives met with Jones at a residence where Jones showed the CS a cooler bag containing at least five firearms with an additional firearm tucked underneath the bag. The CS left the residence and returned later the same day to purchase one of the firearms from Jones. An associate of Jones handed the CS a .357 caliber revolver and an ounce of cocaine. That evening, the CS met with Jones at a hotel in Jacksonville to discuss payment for the revolver. During this meeting, Jones displayed a Glock-style pistol on a table next to him.

In September 2019, Jones was arrested at the same Jacksonville hotel by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. At the time, Jones was the only occupant of a hotel room where a lockbox containing three firearms, one of which was a stolen Glock pistol; drugs; and more than $10,000 in cash was recovered. The key to the lockbox was attached to Jones’s shorts.

Prior to these events, Jones had been convicted of three felonies, including sale or delivery of cocaine, and was therefore 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 Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laura Cofer Taylor.

Tampa Field Division