For Immediate Release
North Fort Myers Man Indicted After Brandishing Gun in Crowded Bar
Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the return of an indictment charging Terrance Paul Snow (22, North Fort Myers) with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. If convicted, Snow faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Snow that the United States intends to forfeit a Taurus Model 85 .38 Special revolver and 4 rounds of .38 ammunition, which are alleged to be traceable to the offense.
According to court proceedings, on January 8, 2023, Snow was at a bar in New Port Richey. After a verbal dispute with other patrons of the bar, Snow pulled a small black revolver out of his waistband and pointed it at the patrons. Officers from the New Port Richey Police Department responded to the scene and apprehended Snow a short distance from the bar. The officers located a black Taurus Model 85 .38 Special revolver hidden behind a dumpster near the location where Snow was apprehended. At the time of the incident, Snow was serving a 5-year probation term related to his prior federal felony conviction for conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery. As a convicted felon, Snow is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Port Richey Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David P. Sullivan.
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.