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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Convicted Felon Sentenced To Federal Prison For Possession Of Seven Firearms And Ammunition

Ocala, Florida – Senior United States District Judge Wm. Terrell Hodges today sentenced Charles Lewis Madison, Jr. (35, Ocala) to six years and six months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. He pleaded guilty on August 11, 2016. 

According to court documents, on May 11, 2016, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Madison’s residence. Upon seeing the agents, Madison unsuccessfully tried to flee on foot.  The search of his residence and automobile revealed seven firearms (two of which were had been stolen), approximately 70 rounds of ammunition, baggies of cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.  Madison admitted that the firearms, ammunition, and narcotics belonged to him.  Madison has prior federal felony convictions for drug distribution and illegal possession of a firearm, and is therefore prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Ocala Police Department, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.

This 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 A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Daryl R. McCrary, 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. It is also a part of ATF’s Frontline strategy to reduce violent crime in our communities.

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated October 20, 2016