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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
Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Lake County Man Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison for Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon

OCALA, Fla. — Senior U.S. District Judge John Antoon II has sentenced Brian David Casey, 35, Clermont to 21 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Casey had pleaded guilty on Aug. 24, 2023.

According to the court records, Casey was previously convicted of three felonies, including burglary (2008) and two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer (2011). As a convicted felon, Casey is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law.

On March 20, 2023, Casey pointed a loaded shotgun at his neighbor, telling her that he was going to kill her. When Casey’s wife pushed the firearm’s barrel away, Casey fired the shotgun into the ground. Casey later admitted that he intended to discharge the firearm, calling it a “warning shot.” When federal agents subsequently arrested Casey for this offense, Casey was found to be in possession of another firearm—a loaded revolver.

This case was investigated by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. 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 of Justice 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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