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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
Friday, January 5, 2024

Wildwood Man Arrested for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

OCALA, Fla. — U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the arrest of James Wendell Jackson, 31, of Wildwood, on an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm affecting commerce by a convicted felon. If convicted, Jackson faces up to 15 years in federal prison. A federal grand jury indicted Jackson on Nov. 28, 2023.

According to the court records, Jackson has been convicted of seven felonies, including selling cocaine within 1000 feet of a daycare. On Jan. 12, 2023, law enforcement executed a federal search warrant on a Hernando County residence and found a loaded American Tactical Imports firearm locked in a safe. A subsequent forensic analysis revealed Jackson’s palmprint on the firearm. As a convicted felon, Jackson is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law.

A federal indictment is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a federal criminal offense. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office and the Wildwood Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hannah Nowalk.

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.


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