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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

May 26, 2010

A. Brian Albritton, United States Attorney

Contact: Steve Cole

(813) 274-6136

(813) 274-6300 (fax)

Live Oak Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison in Connection With Shooting

Jacksonville, Florida — U.S. Attorney A. Brian Albritton announces that U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr. today sentenced Maurice Boatman (age 34, of Live Oak) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony. Boatman was designated an Armed Career Criminal for multiple prior felony convictions, including attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, shooting a deadly missile, and possession with Intent to sell cocaine. Boatman had pleaded guilty on January 27, 2010.

According to court documents, on August 4, 2009, officers with the Live Oak Police Department responded to a 911 call of a shooting at Boatman’s apartment. Upon arrival, officers met with Boatman and found his girlfriend bleeding profusely in the bedroom. The investigation revealed that Boatman had shot his girlfriend while attempting to remove the magazine from a gun. Although the shooting was determined to be an accident, Boatman was indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony. Boatman’s girlfriend has recovered from her injuries.

The case was investigated by the Live Oak Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), Jacksonville Division. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dineen A. Baker.

This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program – a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy led by ATF. United States Attorney A. Brian Albritton, along with Virginia O’Brien, Special Agent in Charge, 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.