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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Wifredo A. Ferrer
, United States Attorney
Contact: Cyndee Campos

Palm Beach County Resident Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

On July 24, 2015, Presner Telusme, of West Palm Beach, was sentenced to 15 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra, following his guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g) and 924(e).

Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, David Aronberg, State Attorney, Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, Hugo J. Barrera, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Division, and Ric Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) made the announcement. 

According to court records, Telusme was arrested pursuant to a warrant.  During the subsequent execution of a search warrant at Telusme’s residence, law enforcement discovered a stolen firearm.  Telusme, who was previously convicted of state felony offenses, including two sales of cocaine, resisting arrest with violence, and fleeing/eluding, admitted to unlawfully possessing the firearm.

This case is, in large part, the result of the Project Safe Neighborhood Partnership, launched by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.  Through this Partnership, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and its federal, state and local law enforcement allies have sought to dismantle the most violent criminal networks in various neighborhoods, while simultaneously working with community leaders and concerned citizens to mentor at-risk youth, provide job training and family services, and help individuals who have completed their federal and state prison sentences to successfully re-enter society.

Mr. Ferrer and Mr. Aronberg commended the investigative efforts of the ATF and PBSO.  This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Schiller from the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Field Division: Miami Field Division