For Immediate Release
Monday, July 17, 2017
, United States Attorney
W. Stephen Muldrow
Contact: William Daniels
Jacksonville Man Who Attempted to Obstruct Firearms Investigation Sentenced to 15 Years' Imprisonment
Tampa Field Division
Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Sheldon Lamont Jackson (43, Jacksonville) to 15 years in federal prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony offense.
He pleaded guilty on February 23, 2017.
According to the court documents, during a traffic stop, a deputy with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office discovered a loaded, semi-automatic handgun hidden under the driver’s seat of the car that Jackson was driving. During the investigation that followed, Jackson unsuccessfully attempted to dissuade a witness from providing information to law enforcement. Prior to his arrest in this case, Jackson had multiple prior felony convictions, including convictions for selling cocaine and resisting arrest with violence, and was therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
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 was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Coolican.
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.