Sarasota Felon Indicted For Possessing A Firearm
Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Jason Lamar Nix a/k/a "Carolina" (27, Sarasota) with being a felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted, Nix faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Nix that the United States intends to forfeit the firearm and ammunition which he is charged with possessing.
According to the indictment, on October 18, 2012, Nix was allegedly in possession of a rifle and ammunition. Nix is a previously convicted felon and therefore prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.
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.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer L. Peresie.
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.