Miami Gardens Resident Charged with Possession of Firearm
Indictment Stems from USAO’s Miami Gardens Violence Reduction Partnership
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), Miami Field Office, and Stephen Johnson, Chief, Miami Gardens Police Department, announce the indictment of Randy Antonio Thomas, 45, of Miami Gardens, for the alleged possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Thomas is scheduled to make his initial appearance on Monday, May 5, 2014.
The indictment is, in large part, the result of the Miami Gardens Violence Reduction Partnership, launched by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in June 2013. Through this Partnership, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and its federal and local law enforcement allies have sought to dismantle the most violent criminals the Miami Gardens neighborhood, 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.
The indictment, returned on April 22, 2014, charges the defendant with possessing a firearm and ammunition after having previously been convicted of a felony offense, in violation Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g) and 924(e)(1). Because of his criminal history, Thomas faces increased penalties under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act. If convicted, Thomas faces a minimum of fifteen years in prison and possible maximum sentence of up to life in prison.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the ATF and Miami Gardens Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cristina Moreno.
An indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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.