For Immediate Release
Sarasota Felon Sentenced to Seven Years’ Imprisonment for Possessing a Firearm and Ammunition
Tampa, FL –U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Timothy Tallmadge (27, Sarasota) to seven years in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. The Court also ordered him to forfeit the firearm and ammunition seized during his arrest. Tallmadge pleaded guilty on March 17, 2017.
According to court documents, on August 26, 2016, law enforcement officers responded to a call reporting a burglary in progress. The officer who arrived on the scene observed four individuals matching the caller’s description, including Tallmadge, and detained them for questioning. During this time, Tallmadge continued walking away from the officer, refused to comply with commands, and kept reaching for his waistband. When the officer conducted a pat down of Tallmadge’s waistband area, he uncovered a loaded firearm. At the time of the incident, Tallmadge had multiple prior felony convictions and was therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
This case was jointly investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Sarasota Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kaitlin R. O’Donnell.
This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy. Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow, along with Daryl R. McCrary, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.