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Armed Career Criminal Sentenced To 15 Years For Possessing Firearms And Ammunition

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Barber has sentenced Samuel Robert Bruner (47, North Fort Myers) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon. The court also ordered Bruner to forfeit the firearms and ammunition, which are traceable to proceeds of the offense. Bruner had pleaded guilty on May 30, 2023.

According to court documents, on December 1, 2021, deputies from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office found Bruner in possession of two revolvers, a shotgun, and assorted ammunition in a vehicle he was operating. At the time, Bruner had prior felony convictions and was therefore prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law. Bruner has at least three prior felony convictions that qualify under federal law as either a “violent felony” or a “serious drug offense” subjecting him to enhanced punishment as an Armed Career Criminal.     

This case was investigated by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark R. Morgan.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make out neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results. 

Updated August 18, 2023

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