For Immediate Release
Friday, August 25, 2017
, United States Attorney
W. Stephen Muldrow
Contact: William Daniels
Jacksonville Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Semi-Automatic Handgun with Extended Magazine
Field Division: Tampa Field Division
Jacksonville, Florida – Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces that Reginald Kevin Winford (26, Jacksonville) today pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to the court documents, police officers stopped Winford for a traffic offense and saw a baggie of cocaine on the floorboard of his car, prompting a search of the vehicle. During the search, officers discovered a loaded semi-automatic handgun and an extended magazine containing 29 rounds of ammunition. As a previously convicted felon on multiple offenses, Winford is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Coolican.
This is another case prosecuted as 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 McCrary, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, are coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials. It is also a part of ATF’s Frontline Strategy on reducing violent crime in communities.