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Convicted Felon Sentenced To More Than 17 Years For Robbery And Discharging A Firearm During A Violent Crime

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

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Kathryn Mizelle has sentenced Marques Howard (31, Tampa) to 17 years and 3 months in federal prison for Hobbs Act robbery, conspiracy to commit that robbery, discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. As a part of the sentence, Howard was also ordered to forfeit the firearm and ammunition involved in the offenses. Howard had pleaded guilty on December 5, 2022.

According to court documents, on April 20, 2022, Howard robbed an individual at their residence in the Tampa area. During the robbery, Howard discharged his firearm, shooting the victim in the leg. Howard has a prior conviction for robbery, and as a previously convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tampa Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Samantha Newman. The forfeiture was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne Nebesky.

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 March 8, 2023

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Firearms Offenses