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Armed Career Criminal Sentenced To More Than 16 Years For Gun Charge

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

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Henry Noble (37, Atlantic Beach) to 16 years and three months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He pleaded guilty on December 5, 2014.

According to court documents, Noble was seen outside a young girl’s bedroom window at midnight on July 27, 2014. A neighbor saw him and called 911. Officers from the Atlantic Beach Police Department responded, they observed Noble at the bedroom window, and then ordered him to ground. Noble fled from the officers, but was apprehended after a short foot chase. The officers found a loaded .45 caliber pistol in his pocket. The firearm had been previously stolen during a residential burglary.

Noble was previously convicted of several felonies, including robbery, aggravated battery, and drug charges, and therefore is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law. As such, he qualifies for an enhanced penalty under the Armed Career Criminal statute.

This case was investigated by the Atlantic Beach Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jason Mehta and Frank Talbot.

This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy.  United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Regina Lombardo, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, are coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials. It is also a part of ATF’s Frontline Strategy on reducing violent crime in communities.

Updated April 29, 2015

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