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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, January 22, 2024
Roger B. Handberg
, United States Attorney

Six-Time Convicted Felon Charged with Possessing a Firearm

ORLANDO, Fla. — U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the return of an indictment charging Lawrence Lamar Singleton II, 34, Orlando, with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. If convicted, Singleton faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Singleton that the U.S. intends to forfeit a Sig Sauer firearm, a Smith & Wesson firearm, Blazer ammunition and Lake City Army ammunition, which are alleged to be involved in the offense.

According to the indictment, on May 14, 2023, Singleton possessed two firearms and ammunition. At the time of the alleged offense, Singleton had prior felony convictions for burglary of a dwelling, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and driving while license suspended (two prior convictions). As such, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Orlando Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. McNeff.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities and measuring the results.

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