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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida
Roger B. Handberg, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Convicted Felon Arrested on Federal Firearm Charge

Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the arrest of Anthony Donnell Pew (47, Orlando) on an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. If convicted, Pew faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years, up to life, in federal prison. A federal grand jury indicted Pew on April 2, 2024.

According to the indictment, Pew was previously convicted of 14 felonies, including tampering with evidence, felony battery, and multiple sales of controlled substances. On February 28, 2023, Pew was in possession of two handguns and ammunition. Because of his prior felony convictions, Pew is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law.

An indictment is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a federal criminal offense. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Eustis Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Hannah Nowalk.

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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