For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
, United States Attorney
W. Stephen Muldrow
Contact: William Daniels
Tampa Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms Offenses
Field Division: Tampa Field Division
Tampa, Florida – Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces that Aaron Clinton Westbrooks (41, Tampa) today pleaded guilty to three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each count. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to court documents, on three separate occasions, Westbrooks sold pistols and ammunition to an undercover detective. These transactions took place at various locations in Tampa. At the time of the offenses, Westbrooks had several prior felony convictions and therefore is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Taylor G. Stout.
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 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.