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Lakeland Resident Sentenced To Prison For Firearms Possession

February 20, 2013

Tampa, FL - U.S. District Court Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington today sentenced Jonathan Oner (28, Lakeland) to a term of 6 years and eight months in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and felony possession of marijuana. Oner pleaded guilty to the offenses on November 16, 2012.

According to testimony and evidence presented at the plea hearing and sentencing, Oner was arrested by Lakeland Police officers in the early morning hours of July 15, 2012 after the officers responded to a shots fired call at a Lakeland apartment building. When the officers arrived at that location, they observed Oner, who began fleeing from them. Upon pursuing and catching Oner, the police found him to be in possession of a Llama 9mm pistol, loaded with 8 rounds of ammunition and a quantity of marijuana. Previously, Oner been convicted of a number of felony offenses and had not had his right to possess a firearm restored. As such, he was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), with assistance from the Lakeland Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay Hoffer.

It is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy. 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.








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