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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

October 1, 2010

A. Brian Albritton, United States Attorney

Contact: Amy Filjones
(813) 274-6171
(813) 274-6300 (fax)

Fleeing Felon Sentenced to 14 Years

Jacksonville, Florida — United States District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan today sentenced Dwayne Thompson (age 26, of Jacksonville) to10 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony and an additional 50 months for failure to appear.

According to court records, Thompson, whose past record included burglary to a dwelling, fleeing to elude, battery on a law enforcement officer and felon in possession of a firearm, was arrested on March 9, 2009 with a stolen, Glock .40 caliber firearm. He was granted bond and scheduled for jury trial on January 12, 2010. Moments before jury selection was to begin, Thompson left the federal courthouse and was seen running north on Hogan Street. He therefore was indicted for failure to appear as well.

On February 11, 2010, United States Marshals found Thompson hiding behind a bolted closet door in an apartment at Eureka Gardens. He pleaded guilty to the failure to appear charge and a jury found him guilty of the gun charge.

The firearm case was investigated jointly by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Talbot.

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.