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23-Year Old Manatee County Man Sentenced to More than 19 Years in Federal Prison

January 6, 2012

Tampa, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez-Covington today sentenced Antwon Stuckey (23, Palmetto) to 235 months (19 years, 7 months) in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Because of his extensive criminal history dating back to age 12, Stuckey was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act. Stuckey pled guilty on January 31, 2010.

According to court documents and testimony presented at sentencing, Stuckey was arrested by federal agents on May 5, 2010, while in possession of a loaded .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Before that date, Stuckey had met with an undercover federal agent on several occasions to discuss his ability to commit a robbery and commit murder-for-hire. Stuckey bragged about murders in which he was involved in the Manatee County area and encouraged the undercover agent to search for internet articles about his criminal past using Google. Stuckey also later admitted to possessing an AK-47 assault rifle that was found in a Palmetto residence along with other firearms and illegal narcotics.

This case was 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.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Josie Thomas.









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