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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
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Lake County Convicted Felon Sentenced to 2 Years in Federal Prison for Possession of a Firearm

Ocala, Florida – United States District Judge Thomas P. Barber has sentenced Tyran Terrell Harris (24, Leesburg) to two years in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Harris entered a guilty plea on February 7, 2024.

According to the court records, Harris has multiple prior state felony convictions including grand theft, tampering with a witness, and grand theft auto.  On September 25, 2023, officers from the Leesburg Police Department observed Harris walking around an apartment complex with a loaded firearm. Knowing Harris was a convicted felon from previous interactions with him, the officers arrested Harris and took possession of the firearm. A record check showed the firearm had been reported stolen approximately two weeks earlier. Harris subsequently admitted to the officers that he knew he could not possess the firearm as a convicted felon.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Leesburg Police Department. It was 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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