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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, August 23, 2022

Mount Dora Convicted Felon Indicted for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the arrest of Woodrow Milton Butler (39, Mount Dora) on an indictment charging him with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

According to the indictment, Butler has nine prior state felony convictions, including armed burglary of a dwelling (2002), sale of cocaine (2008), and fleeing and eluding law enforcement (2012). On March 21, 2019, Butler possessed a Glock pistol. As a convicted felon, Butler is prohibited from possessing firearms 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 was investigated by the City of Eustis Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 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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