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Convicted Felon Pleads Guilty To Possessing A Firearm And Ammunition Connected To St. Petersburg Shooting

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

Tampa, FL - United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Daniel Gonzalez (23, St. Petersburg) has pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. Gonzalez faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court proceedings, on January 1, 2023, a 16-year-old person was shot in a parking garage in St. Petersburg. After the shooting, officers from the St. Petersburg Police Department observed a vehicle fleeing from the parking garage and followed it for a short period of time until the pursuit was terminated due to weather conditions. Soon after, a Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm pistol was found in the road where officers observed the vehicle fleeing. The firearm was swabbed for DNA and Gonzalez’s DNA was present on two different parts of the firearm. Ballistic testing confirmed that three of the cartridge cases found at the scene of the shooting were a match to the firearm with Gonzalez’s DNA on it. Gonzalez is a convicted felon and, therefore, is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the St. Petersburg Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Samantha Newman.

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.

Updated July 10, 2024

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