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Three Miami Gardens Men Sentenced for Firearms Possession

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2014

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Hugo J. Barrera, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Michael B. Steinbach, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and Paul Miller, Interim Chief, Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD), announce that Deondre Bain, 23, Lamar Eady, Jr., 23, and Lloyd Hulse, Jr., 22, all of Miami Gardens, were sentenced following their convictions as previously convicted felons in possession of firearms. Eady, an armed career criminal, was sentenced to 188 months in prison, while Bain and Hulse were sentenced to 111 and 110 months in prison, respectively, by U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch.

According to evidence presented at trial and statements made in open court, in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 30, 2013, federal and state law enforcement officers were conducting an investigation into the activities of the 170 Boys gang in Miami Gardens. Around 3:00 a.m., as they patrolled the Honey Hill area, officers saw Hulse getting into a parked car, holding what turned out to be a stolen AR-15 assault rifle, loaded with forty rounds of .223 caliber ammunition. Further investigation revealed two more stolen firearms inside the car, fully loaded, belonging to Bain and Eady, who were seated in the vehicle.

A federal grand jury indicted Bain, Eady, and Hulse on July 26, 2013, charging all three with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. In November 2013, Hulse pled guilty, and Bain and Eady were convicted following a trial. According to evidence presented at the trial and statements made in open court, all three men had significant criminal histories involving multiple felony convictions. Eady was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act, which provides a sentencing range of fifteen years to life for individuals who have been convicted of federal gun crimes and have at least three prior felony convictions for violent felonies and/or serious drug offenses.

This case is, in large part, the result of the Violence Reduction Partnership, launched by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Through this Partnership, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and its federal and local law enforcement allies have sought to dismantle the most violent criminal networks in various neighborhoods, while simultaneously working with community leaders and concerned citizens to mentor at-risk youths, provide jobs and job training to young families, and help probationers and parolees successfully re-enter society.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ATF, FBI, and MGPD. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Benjamin Coats and Andy Camacho.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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