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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Middle District of Florida

For Immediate Release

October 5, 2011

Robert E. O’Neill, United States Attorney

Contact: William Daniels
(813) 274-6388

Convicted Felon Guilty of Possessing Sawed–Off Shotguns

Tampa, Florida — U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that yesterday a federal jury found Dwain Denorris Wallace, III (40, Tampa) guilty of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, and possession of sawed-off shotguns. Wallace faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 4, 2012.

According to the testimony and evidence presented at trial, on the night of March 25, 2011, Wallace was stalking his ex–girlfriend. He had taken her car from her and refused to return it. At approximately 8:40 p.m., Wallace found his ex–girlfriend at a relative’s residence and began to argue with her. During the argument, Wallace pointed a loaded, twelve–gauge, Winchester sawed–off shotgun at her. Two calls were made to 911 reporting the incident. Before the Tampa Police Department (TPD) could arrive, Wallace left the scene. Within the hour, Wallace again found his ex–girlfriend. She and her daughter were setting up for a family member’s birthday and graduation party at a local club. Wallace confronted his ex–girlfriend inside the club. The daughter called 911 on her cell phone and the recording captured Wallace shouting at his ex–girlfriend and her pleas for Wallace to let her go.

Wallace attempted to leave the scene before police arrived. He was apprehended by TPD officers in the vicinity of the club. Officers recovered the sawed–off shotgun, which was loaded with three rounds of 12–gauge ammunition. When officers searched the car, they found a short sawed–off Ithaca 20–gauge shotgun with a spent shell in the chamber, three more rounds of 12–gauge ammunition in a duffel bag on the passenger seat, and a baseball bat on the floor of the backseat.

Prior to March 25, 2011, Wallace had been convicted of five state felonies, including attempted second degree murder.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tampa Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas N. Palermo.

It 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 Robert E. O’Neill, along with Virginia O’Brien, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.