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Orlando Man Sentenced to Five Years for Gun Possession

February 23, 2012

Orlando, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that Chief U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Deon E. Hill (29, Orlando) to 5 years in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The court also ordered Hill to forfeit the firearm and ammunition.

Hill pleaded guilty on November 8, 2011.

According to court documents, on March 22, 2011, Orlando Police Department responded to a call of shots fired, an armed person, and robbery at 1101 West South Street. Upon arrival at the location, the responding officer observed Hill wearing clothes matching the description of those provided by the caller. Hill was observed with a large handgun in his hand and ordered to the ground. He was then arrested. At the scene, officers recovered a Smith & Wesson Model 66 .357 caliber revolver, with 4 expended rounds and 2 live rounds of ammunition in the cylinder, a few feet away from Hill. Police officers interviewed the 911 caller, who told them that Hill had fired two shots into the air, then had fired another 2 rounds in the direction of the 911 caller before taking off on foot.

Hill has four previous state felony convictions, all for delivery or possession of cocaine.

This case was investigated by the Orlando Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bruce S. Ambrose.

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 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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