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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
Thursday, March 23, 2023

Multi-Convicted Violent Felon Pleads Guilty to Possessing Firearms

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Shawn Lanier Lowman, Jr. (23, Tampa) today pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Lowman faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, at approximately 11:00 p.m. on November 1, 2022, Lowman was a passenger in a black BMW 328i sedan that fled after officers from the Tampa Police Department (TPD) had attempted to conduct a traffic stop near the intersection of East Sligh Avenue and North Central Avenue, in the Old Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa. A short time later, TPD officers located the same black sedan in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa, near the intersection of North Klondyke Street and East Bird Street. The car was eventually parked on the side of the road, and three occupants, including Lowman, exited the vehicle.

Two TPD officers attempted to make contact with Lowman, but Lowman fled on foot through the neighborhood evading the officers. A TPD Air Service helicopter positioned above Sulphur Springs used a Forward Looking InfraRed (“FLIR”) camera to track Lowman as he fled through the neighborhood and into the backyard of a residence where he hid in a shed. The helicopter’s FLIR camera was able to see the thermal signature of Lowman inside the shed. TPD officers converged on the shed and arrested Lowman. Inside the shed, the officers located 10.9 grams of bagged cocaine. During a search of Lowman, officers recovered three pills which tested positive for oxycodone. The officers then retraced Lowman’s path and found a backpack containing two loaded firearms: (1) a Glock 9mm pistol; and (2) a Smith & Wesson Model 659 9mm pistol (loaded with 14 rounds of ammunition, including one in the chamber). The backpack also contained a digital scale, an extended magazine (11 rounds) and a black ski mask. Latent fingerprints belonging to Lowman were located on the slide of the Glock pistol and two of Lowman’s latent fingerprints were found on the magazine of the 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol. In an interview with officers following his arrest, Lowman admitted that the fingerprints found on the firearms belonged to him and that he had possessed the firearms.

Lowman had previously served approximately six years in state prison for armed carjacking with a deadly weapon and armed burglary in July 2017. As a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Tampa Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David W.A. Chee.

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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