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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Middle District of Florida

For Immediate Release

October 25, 2011

Robert E. O’Neill, United States Attorney

Contact: William Daniels
(813) 274-6388

Bradenton Man Sentenced to Sixteen Years

TAMPA – United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that James Lee Davis (33, Bradenton), was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge James Moody for felon in possession of a firearm.

Davis was sentenced to sixteen years and six months imprisonment. According to the plea agreement, on July 4, 2011, Davis and another individual approached a victim who was walking her dog in a Bradenton neighborhood. Davis, who as armed with a firearm, ordered her and a second victim to the ground. Davis and his accomplice went into the residence of the victims where Davis shot two of their three dogs. Davis and his accomplice took a small safe from the residence and fled.

During the execution of search warrants obtained by law enforcement for Davis’ residence and vehicle, they located several rounds of 9mm. ammunition, a thirty-round magazine for a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol, several gun holsters, a second high capacity magazine for an unidentified pistol, a loaded 9mm. Ruger firearm, a loaded 9 mm. Smith & Wesson firearm, an AK-47 rifle with two magazines, and a box of ammunition. At the time of his arrest, Davis was a multiple convicted felon.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Deaprtment. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Colleen Murphy Davis.

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.