For Immediate Release
Manatee County Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Unlawfully Possessing Loaded Firearm as a Convicted Felon
FORT MYERS, Fla. – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Shaborn Washington, 29, of Palmetto to eight years and four months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon. The court also ordered Washington to forfeit the firearm and ammunition possessed during the offense. Washington had been found guilty following a bench trial on February 23.
According to court records, shortly after 2 a.m. on January 16, 2021, a deputy from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a car near the Miromar Outlets in Estero. When the car stopped, the deputy approached and observed Washington, who was the backseat passenger, trying to shove something underneath his seat. During a later search of the vehicle, deputies found a black bag underneath the backseat concealing a loaded handgun. Subsequent DNA analysis revealed that Washington’s DNA profile matched DNA extracted from the firearm. As a convicted felon who had only recently been released from prison for selling cocaine, Washington 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 Lee County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Simon R. Eth.
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.