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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
Monday, December 5, 2022

Tampa Convicted Felon Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Firearm and Ammunition

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven has sentenced Rossonno Borders, Jr. (25, Tampa) to three years and one month in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. Borders had pleaded guilty on July 27, 2022.

According to court records, on October 6, 2021, Borders was operating a vehicle with illegally tinted windows. Officers from the Tampa Police Department (TPD) attempted to initiate a traffic stop and Borders proceeded to flee at a high rate of speed. Borders crashed the vehicle he was driving and fled the scene of the crash on foot. When TPD officers arrived at the crash scene, they observed a loaded firearm on the center console of the vehicle. Fingerprints found on the magazine of the firearm were confirmed to belong to Borders.

Borders is a previously convicted felon, including for grand theft in the third degree (2019) and being a felon in possession of firearm and ammunition and felon in possession of a firearm (2021). As a convicted felon, he 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 Tampa Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Terry B. Livanos.

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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