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Felon Caught With Guns Sentenced To Fifteen Years

December 21 , 2011

Tampa, FL - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew today sentenced Larry Louis Porter (42, Tampa) to 15 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of firearms.  This term of imprisonment is to be followed by three years of supervised release.

According to court documents, on February 12, 2011, during a domestic dispute, Porter barricaded himself in his girlfriend's bedroom after she had left her apartment. In the bedroom, Porter armed himself with two World War One-era handguns.  When law enforcement arrived, Porter, through a partially opened door, admitted that he had the firearms in the room with him. Eventually, Porter was talked into peacefully surrendering. At the time of the incident, he was a prior convicted felon, having been previously convicted in Florida Circuit Courts of second degree murder, armed robbery, robbery, burglary, and carrying concealed firearms.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Tampa Police Department. It was 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 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.









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