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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, August 29, 2019
Maria Chapa Lopez
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

Multi-Convicted Felon Sentenced to 16 Years in Federal Prison on Gun, Ammunition Charges

Ocala, Florida – Senior United States District Judge James D. Whittemore has sentenced Winyontis Quavari Gordon (29, Ocala) to 16 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. Gordon had pleaded guilty on May 16, 2019.

According to court documents, on July 5, 2018, detectives from the Ocala Police Department attempted to arrest Gordon on an outstanding state warrant. Upon seeing the approaching detectives, Gordon exited the driver’s side of a parked car and fled on foot. Following a brief chase, the detectives took Gordon into custody and discovered a loaded .45 caliber handgun on the driver’s seat of the car, where Gordon had been sitting. During a subsequent interview with law enforcement, Gordon admitted that he had possessed the loaded firearm and repeatedly told the agent, “I’ll take that charge.” He also

A records check confirmed that Gordon had prior state felony convictions for aggravated battery with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, domestic battery by strangulation, and felony battery. These felony convictions prohibit Gordon from lawfully possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law. They also qualified Gordon for an enhanced sentence as an Armed Career

The City of Ocala Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives jointly investigated this case. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.

This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

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Tampa Field Division