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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida
For Immediate Release
Roger B. Handberg, United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-mdfl
Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to More Than 15 Years for Possessing a Firearm and Ammunition

Tampa, Fla. – U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Barber has sentenced Deterrio M. Young (29, Tampa) to 15 years and 10 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. The court also ordered Young to forfeit the firearm and ammunition. Young had pleaded guilty on February 2, 2023.

According to court documents, Young had previously been convicted of battery on a law enforcement officer, obstructing or opposing an officer with violence, and aggravated assault. On July 28, 2021, law enforcement received a call that Young had recently been in possession of a firearm. When law enforcement arrived at the scene, Young fled. After a short pursuit, Young was detained, and officers found a magazine in his possession with seven rounds of ammunition. Officers also located the firearm, and DNA from the firearm was later determined to be a match for Young.

As a previously convicted felon, Young 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 Tampa Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael R. Kenneth and Callan Albritton.

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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