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Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Terrell Javon Jones (28, Jacksonville) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Jones had pleaded guilty on November 15, 2018.

According to court documents, on June 12, 2018, at about 11:20 p.m., a team of five officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office were working in the 800 block of Edgewood Avenue in Jacksonville. One of the officers observed Jones drive into the parking lot of a gas station, park his vehicle, and exit the car with a firearm in his hand. Jones then threw the gun on the back seat of the car and went over to talk to another person who was sitting in a nearby parked car.    

Additional officers arrived on the scene and Jones was detained. The officers observed the gun on the backseat of the car and seized it. The gun was later determined to be a loaded Smith and Wesson .40 caliber pistol.

At the time of his arrest, Jones had six prior felony convictions for distribution of cocaine and one for possession of cocaine. As a previously convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Arnold B. Corsmeier.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

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