For Immediate Release
Tampa Felon Sentenced to More Than Six Years for Possession of a Firearm
Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced Floyd C. Rivers (34, Tampa) to six years and five months in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. The court also ordered Rivers to forfeit the firearm and ammunition used in the offense.
Rivers had pleaded guilty on June 25, 2020.
According to court documents, on October 22, 2018, officers with the Tampa Police Department were looking for Rivers in West Tampa to take him into custody on outstanding warrants. When the officers located and approached Rivers, he fled, throwing a bag over a nearby fence as he ran. The officers eventually apprehended Rivers and recovered a loaded pistol from the discarded bag.
Rivers has multiple prior convictions for narcotics-related felonies and is therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition. He has a previous conviction for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tampa Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Callan Albritton.
This case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence and enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes. For more information on Project Guardian visit www.justice.gov/projectguardian.