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Bradenton Man Sentenced To Fifteen Years In Federal Prison On Gun Charge

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

Tampa, Florida - U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven sentenced Robert Lee Lane (27, Bradenton) last week to 15 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He pleaded guilty on November 27, 2012.

According to court documents, on January 3, 2012, law enforcement officers observed Lane engaging in a drug transaction on the side of the road in Manatee County. When Lane recognized law enforcement, he fled. Officers chased Lane and observed him throw a gun over a fence into the backyard of a local residence. Officers subsequently retrieved the firearm. At the time of his arrest, Lane had multiple previous felony convictions. As such, he was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacie B. Harris.

It is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy. United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill, along with Julie Torres, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

Updated January 26, 2015