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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
For Immediate Release
Roger B. Handberg , United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-mdfl
Monday, August 14, 2023

Citrus County Convicted Felon Pleads Guilty to Possessing Multiple Firearms

Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Timothy James Roberts (28, Hernando) has pleaded guilty to possessing an unregistered National Firearms Act (NFA) weapon—a short-barreled shotgun—and two counts of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Roberts faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on the possession of an unregistered NFA weapon count, and up to 15 years for each count of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, Roberts twice was in possession of firearms in Citrus County. On August 7, 2022, law enforcement stopped Roberts in a stolen vehicle and found him in possession of a short-barreled shotgun not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. Subsequently, on August 31, 2022, Roberts was again stopped by law enforcement for multiple traffic infractions. A search of his backpack revealed a pistol and a revolver.

Roberts has four prior felony convictions for grand theft in state court. As a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Janette Swartzberg.

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 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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