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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Pamela C. Marsh
, United States Attorney
Contact: Amy Alexander

Panama City Man Sentenced for Possessing Firearm as a Convicted Felon

PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA –Sammie Lee Underwood III, 22, of Panama City, was sentenced to 120 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a loaded .380 caliber pistol.  The sentence was announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

At trial, the government presented evidence that, in May 2014, Panama City police officers were on patrol in the Glenwood neighborhood when Underwood, driving a white Chevrolet Tahoe, ran a stop sign.  He then led the officers on a chase through the neighborhood.  As officers finally approached Underwood’s still-moving vehicle, he jumped out and fled on foot.  The driverless vehicle then collided with a residence on East 13th Court.  Under the Tahoe’s driver seat, officers found the loaded firearm and baggies of crack cocaine, bath salts, and marijuana.  Testimony from Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Laboratory analysts showed that DNA recovered from the firearm matched Underwood.  Underwood was convicted in March 2015.

The case was investigated by the Panama City Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Gayle E. Littleton and Katy D. Risinger.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  The office strives to protect and serve the citizens of the Northern District of Florida through the ethical, vigorous, and impartial enforcement of the laws of the United States, to defend the national security, to improve the safety and quality of life in our communities through the protection of civil rights, and to protect the public funds and financial assets of the United States.  To access available public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.  For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html.

 

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