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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
Monday, May 6, 2024

Fort Myers Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing Loaded Firearm

Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell today sentenced Jonnetric Devonte Ivey (30, Fort Myers) to 21 months in federal prison for possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. The court also ordered Ivey to forfeit the firearm and ammunition he possessed during the offense. Ivey pleaded guilty on January 23, 2024.

According to court documents, on March 22, 2023, Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a traffic stop on a scooter being driven by Ivey. Prior to complying with the deputies’ demand to stop the scooter, Ivey made a throwing motion. In the same area where the throwing motion was made, deputies located a loaded Taurus pistol. DNA evidence later linked Ivey to the loaded pistol.

Ivey is a convicted felon; therefore, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Morgan.

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 out 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 first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.


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