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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

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Friday, September 30, 2022

Armed Robber Sentenced To More Than 18 Years In Prison

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Christopher Dozier (41, Jacksonville) to 18 years and 8 months in federal prison for two Hobbs Act robberies and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.  The court also ordered Dozier to forfeit the firearm and ammunition he possessed as part of the offenses, as well as the money and firearm stolen during the second robbery. Dozier had pleaded guilty on February 2, 2022.

According to court documents, on May 24, 2019, Dozier robbed an adult game room in Jacksonville, attacking and striking an employee in the head. During the robbery, Dozier brandished a .22 caliber pistol at the employee, bound the employee’s hands with wire, and stole cash from the register, along with the employee’s phone. Dozier escaped in a vehicle driven by his accomplice, Brittany Cooper, but the stolen items were recovered outside the business.

Judge Howard previously sentenced Cooper to 42 months in federal prison for aiding and abetting the robbery.

On June 19, 2019, Dozier robbed another game room in Jacksonville.  During that robbery, Dozier entered the business, pulled out his .22 caliber revolver, and disarmed the armed security guard. Dozier then brandished his firearm at the cashier, who provided him with $1,877, after which Dozier escaped in a vehicle being driven by an accomplice. Dozier was subsequently arrested for unrelated offenses by local law enforcement in Quincy, Massachusetts, after he had fled Jacksonville. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Norfolk County (Massachusetts) Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David B. Mesrobian.

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 our 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 the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Firearms Offenses
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Updated October 3, 2022