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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, September 21, 2023

North Fort Myers Felon Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing a Firearm

Fort Myers, Fla. – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Chester Lewis Risco, III (20, North Fort Myers) has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. Risco faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison. Risco has agreed to forfeit the Taurus pistol and ammunition he possessed during this offense. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, on April 27, 2023, Risco fled from a deputy on his bicycle after committing several traffic violations. When apprehended, Risco was in possession of a loaded Taurus pistol, in a holster, inside his waistband. At the time, Risco had a prior felony conviction and therefore is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law. Risco was also under court-ordered supervision when he was found in possession of the loaded pistol.

This case was investigated by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being 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 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.

Updated September 21, 2023


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