Florida Man Sentenced to 15 Years for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Thomas Coleman, 48, of Jacksonville, Florida, was sentenced on February 3, 2012, to 15 years in prison by United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. In addition to his prison term, Coleman will serve three years of supervised release following his release from prison.
Coleman was stopped by a Nebraska State Patrol Trooper on July 31, 2010, while traveling on Interstate 80 near Grand Island, Nebraska. The trooper found a rifle in the motor home. Coleman had several previous felony convictions, and was arrested. By virtue of his prior felony convictions he was deemed to be an Armed Career Criminal under federal law and, as such, was subject to a fifteen year mandatory minimum sentence.
This case was principally investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol.