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Convicted Felon Indicted For Possessing A Firearm And Ammunition

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

Tampa, FL - United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the return of an indictment charging Ataire Carl Ray (27, Tampa) with possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Ray that the United States intends to forfeit the firearm and ammunition traceable to the offense.

According to the indictment, on April 1, 2022, Ray was in possession of a firearm and ammunition. At the time of the incident, Ray had previous felony convictions for robbery with a gun or deadly weapon and delivery of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school. As a previously convicted felon, Ray is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.          

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tampa Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Kenneth. The forfeiture will be handled by Assistant United States Attorney James Muench.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Updated June 27, 2022

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