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Convicted Felon Sentenced To Four Years In Federal Prison For Possessing A Loaded Firearm

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

Ocala, Florida – Senior United States District Judge Gregory A. Presnell has sentenced Eddie Lee Parks, III (24, Orlando) to four years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Parks had pleaded guilty on July 26, 2023.  

According to the court records, in Lake County on April 10, 2023, law enforcement officers discovered Parks in possession of a loaded handgun during a domestic altercation. Parks had previously been convicted of three felonies, including two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (2019) and possession of a controlled substance (2019). As a convicted felon, Parks is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Leesburg Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Hannah Nowalk.

 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 January 3, 2024

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