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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Roger B. Handberg , United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Fort Myers Convicted Felon Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Possessing Firearms

Fort Myers, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Travis Lavon Anderson (36, Fort Myers) has pleaded guilty to possessing firearms as a previously convicted felon. Anderson faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, during the afternoon of June 8, 2022, officers from the Fort Myers Police Department (FMPD) were alerted to multiple rounds of gunfire in quick succession in the vicinity of a home on Lantana Street in Fort Myers. During a subsequent investigation into the origin of the gunfire, officers obtained surveillance video depicting Anderson discharging a firearm 10 times in front of his home on Lantana Street. FMPD personnel obtained a warrant to search the interior of the residence where officers found three firearms and several dozen rounds of ammunition belonging to Anderson, including a loaded AR-15-style rifle and two handguns. As a previously convicted felon, Anderson is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Fort Myers Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Simon R. Eth.

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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