For Immediate Release
Friday, April 14, 2017
, United States Attorney
Christopher P. Canova
Contact: Amy Alexander
Pensacola Man Sentenced to More Than Seven Years in Prison for Federal Firearms Charges
Tampa Field Division
PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Awald Edward Pokrant Jr., 50, of Pensacola, has been sentenced to 86 months in prison after pleading guilty on January 24, 2017, to unlawfully possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and possessing an unregistered firearm. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
In October 2016, law enforcement officers who responded to an armed disturbance observed Pokrant fleeing the scene. After a high-speed chase, the officers pulled Pokrant over and transported him back to the location of the incident. At the scene, an injured and bleeding victim told officers that Pokrant had struck her with a hammer. Law enforcement officers observed blood splatter in several locations in the house and recovered a hammer. A search of the house revealed firearms and ammunition. The victim later told officers that Pokrant might have moved additional firearms to a friend’s house. Law enforcement officers recovered eight firearms and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from this other location.
This case resulted from investigations by the ATF Gun Crime Response Team, which includes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Pensacola Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James M. Ustynoski.
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