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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

April 28, 2009


Contact: Bill Filides

Office: (813) 202-7451

Previously Convicted of 46 Felony Counts, Violent Offender Is Sentenced to Over 19 Years in Prison

Jacksonville, Florida — United States Attorney A. Brian Albritton announces that United States District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan sentenced Clarence Eugene Robinson (age 64, of St. Augustine) to 19 years and 7 months in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Robinson has been convicted of 46 felonies from 1966 through 2008 including armed robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and several federal firearms violations. In 1983, Robinson was the subject of a nationwide manhunt after shooting two FBI Special Agents, Dennis Wicklein and Thomas Sobolweski.

This case was initiated as a result of information that was developed indicating Robinson was illegally possessing firearms while selling narcotics. ATF Agents, working in conjunction with DEA Agents, purchased a firearm and narcotics from Robinson. In addition to the operations, a federal search warrant was applied for and received by ATF Agents for Robinson’s residence. As a result of the execution of the search warrant additional evidence was recovered. Robinson committed these acts, which he plead guilty to, while on federal supervised release.

ATF Special Agent in Charge Virginia O’Brien said, "Robinson is one of the most violent offenders I have encountered in my career. Robinson has no respect for the laws that keep America safe. He is exactly where he deserves to be, behind bars for the rest of his life.

This is an example of a case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program – a nationwide gun violence reduction initiative supported by ATF. United States Attorney A. Brian Albritton, along with SAC Virginia O’Brien, ATF Tampa Field Division, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida, in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials. The program’s objective is to reduce violent crime by swiftly prosecuting violent offenders who unlawfully possess firearms.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Talbot.

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