EIGHT-TIME CONVICTED FELON FOUND GUILTY ON FEDERAL GUN AND DRUG CHARGES
PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA - United States Attorney Pamela C. Marsh, Northern District of Florida, announced today that Ronterreal D. Gainer, 34, of Panama City, was convicted by a jury late yesterday afternoon. Gainer, who was initially charged by the State, was charged with drug trafficking, possessing a fireman in furtherance of his drug trafficking, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. He faces a minimum of 20 years in prison. “The community is safer today because Ronterreal Gainer is off the street,” Ms. Marsh stated.
In the trial held in federal court this week, the government’s evidence proved that, on July 18, 2010 at approximately 3:10 a.m., a deputy with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office conducted a welfare check on Gainer, who was leaning over the steering wheel of his vehicle in the parking lot of the Walmart in Callaway, Florida. Surveillance video from the Walmart showed that Gainer had arrived in the parking lot minutes earlier following another vehicle.
The evidence further showed that the deputy walked to the driver’s side of Gainer’s car and tapped on the window, saying “Sheriff’s Office, are you okay.” Gainer startled and sat back in his seat, at which point the deputy saw a large bag of marijuana in Gainer’s hand. Gainer was arrested and searched. In his pockets, law enforcement found two bags of marijuana, one of which contained a bag of powder of cocaine, and over $1,000 in cash in various denominations.
The evidence further showed that the deputy then searched Gainer’s vehicle. On the passenger seat, partially concealed by a brown paper bag, the deputy found a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol with a round in the chamber. The gun was positioned to make it readily accessible to Gainer to fire. In the center console, law enforcement found approximately $2,000 worth of crack cocaine prepared for distribution.
At the time of his arrest, Gainer had eight prior felony convictions, including convictions for shooting into a dwelling, felony battery, and drug trafficking.
Sentencing has been set before Judge Richard Smoak in the U.S. Courthouse at 30 West Government Street in Panama City, on October 5, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
This case was investigated by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Panama City Police Department. The case was tried by and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gayle E. Littleton.