Gulf Coast Felons Indicted For Possessing Firearms
Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces today the return of two indictments by a grand jury. Jordan Johnson (20, Sarasota) and Michael T. Reed (26, Bradenton) are each charged in a separate indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted, Johnson and Reed each face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies each individual that the United States intends to forfeit the firearms and ammunition which they are charged with possessing.
According to the indictments, Johnson and Reed were both previously convicted of felonies in Florida, and therefore prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition. On October 30, 2012, Johnson was allegedly in possession of a .22 caliber pistol and ammunition. On November 25, 2012, Reed was allegedly in possession of a 9mm pistol and ammunition.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
These cases were jointly investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Sarasota Police Department. They are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark E. Bini. 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 Julie Torres, 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.