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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Roger B. Handberg
, United States Attorney

Lake County Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

OCALA, Fla. — U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Tyran Terrell Harris, 24, of Leesburg, has pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Harris faces up to 15 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set. A federal grand jury had indicted Harris on Dec. 12, 2023.

According to the court records, Harris has multiple prior state felony convictions, including grand theft, tampering with a witness and grand theft auto. On Sept. 25, 2023, officers from the Leesburg Police Department observed Harris walking around an apartment complex with a loaded firearm. Knowing Harris was a convicted felon from previous interactions, the officers arrested him and took possession of the firearm. A record check showed the firearm had been reported stolen approximately two weeks earlier. Harris subsequently admitted to the officers that he knew he could not possess the firearm as a convicted felon.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Leesburg Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hannah Nowalk.

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 of Justice 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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