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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida
For Immediate Release
Maria Chapa Lopez, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels
www.justice.gov/usao-mdfl
Monday, June 8, 2020

Tampa Man Indicted for Firearms Charge Relating to Non-Fatal Shooting

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Theodore Hall (42, Tampa) with possessing firearms and ammunition, after having been convicted of 18 felony offenses. If convicted, Hall faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, and up to life, in federal prison.  

According to court documents, Hall fought with another man inside a Family Dollar Store, then chased the man in his vehicle, and fired three shots at the man, who was on foot in a residential area. Prior to the incident, Hall had 18 prior felony convictions, including six relating to cocaine, five relating to assault or battery, and one relating to opposing a law enforcement officer with violence.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Tampa Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Natalie Adams.

This case is a part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes.

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