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Convicted Felon Sentenced To Two Years In Federal Prison For Unlawfully Possessing Firearm

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

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced Robinson Jason Resto (40, Orlando) to two years in federal prison for possessing a firearm, after having been previously convicted of a felony. Resto had pleaded guilty on July 25, 2019. 

According to court documents, on March 25, 2019, Resto began communicating with an individual who was cooperating with law enforcement via text messages about firearms that the individual had for sale. The two eventually arranged for Resto to obtain a 9 mm Ruger Model P95DC firearm in exchange for a cash payment and a “throwaway” gun that Resto had in his possession. In arranging the trade/purchase, and when the two met in a parking lot to consummate the deal on April 4, 2019, Resto also expressed interest in obtaining an AK-47 assault rifle.  At the time, Resto had been convicted of multiple felony offenses, including one prior state conviction for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. As such, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.   

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Orlando Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dana E. Hill.

This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

Updated October 3, 2019

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