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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hillsborough County Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Federal Prison For Firearm And Ammunition Charge

Tampa, Florida – On October 15, 2013, U.S. District Judge James S. Moody, Jr. sentenced Raymond Edward Braun (40, Wimauma) to 15 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  Braun pleaded guilty on July 2, 2013.

According to court documents, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint on March 20, 2013, that Braun was in possession of a rifle. Deputies arrived at Braun’s residence and eventually recovered the rifle.  The firearm was loaded with six rounds of ammunition.  Prior to this incident, Braun was previously convicted of a number of felonies.  As a previously convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph W. Swanson.

This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy.  Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Julie Leon, 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.

Updated January 26, 2015