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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, March 1, 2024
Roger B. Handberg
, United States Attorney

Ocala Convicted Felon Pleads Guilty to Interstate Threat To Kill and Lying in Attempted Firearm Purchase

OCALA, Fla. — U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Michael Guy Dambrosia, 61, of Ocala, has pleaded guilty to interstate transmission of a threat to injure and making a false statement in connection with the attempted purchase of a firearm. Dambrosia faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, on Aug.30, 2021, Dambrosia attempted to purchase a firearm from a local federally licensed firearms dealer. In completing the necessary paperwork to purchase the firearm, Dambrosia indicated that he was not a convicted felon even though he knew this to be false.

Later, on Jan. 30, 2023, Dambrosia made an interstate telephone call to the victim’s office in Washington, D.C. and left an obscenity-laden, threatening voicemail stating that he would kill the victim.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Capitol Police – Threat Assessment Section and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Wheeler III and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tyrie Boyer.


Tampa Field Division