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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, April 10, 2024

Orlando Convicted Felon Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison For Unlawful Possession Of Firearms

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced Robert Lee Pringle (35, Orlando) to 10 years in federal prison for possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon. The court also ordered Pringle to forfeit the firearms and ammunition used in the offense. Pringle entered a guilty plea on January 16, 2024. 

According to court documents, on May 3, 2022, an officer with the Orlando Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle driven by Pringle. Pringle fled at a high rate of speed and later crashed into another vehicle, after which Pringle attempted to flee on foot before being detained. A search of the stolen vehicle Pringle was driving revealed two pistols and ammunition on the front passenger floorboard. Also on the front passenger floorboard was a backpack containing paperwork with Pringle’s name, prescription bottles with Pringle’s name, suspected narcotics, digital scales, sandwich baggies, and additional ammunition.  

At the time, Pringle had multiple prior felony convictions, including carrying a concealed firearm, robbery, burglary of a conveyance, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, grand theft third degree, and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer at high speed or with wanton disregard. As a previously convicted felon, Pringle is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.   

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Orlando Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Megan Testerman.

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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