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Fort Myers Felon Sentenced For Unlawfully Possessing A Firearm

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

Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell today sentenced Willie Hunter, Jr. (22, Fort Myers) to three years in federal prison for possession a firearm as a convicted felon. The court also ordered Hunter to forfeit the firearm used in the offense. Hunter entered a guilty plea on February 28, 2024.  

According to court documents, on November 30, 2023, officers from the Fort Myers Police Department were on patrol in the area of Palm Avenue and Douglas Street. An officer observed a vehicle with illegal dark window tint in violation of Florida law. An officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle with his lights and sirens, but the vehicle accelerated into the parking lot of a convenience store. After reaching the parking lot, the front passenger, later identified as Hunter, got out of the vehicle, and proceeded into the convenience store. The vehicle then fled, as Hunter walked into the store.

Officers located Hunter in the convenience store while additional officers pursued the vehicle. The vehicle was later found abandoned and officers located two firearms inside the vehicle. Fingerprint analysis linked Hunter to possessing one of those firearms. At the time, Hunter had multiple prior felony convictions, including possession of firearm by a delinquent and aggravated assault with deadly weapon. As a convicted felon he is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Fort Myers Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by   Assistant United States Attorney Mark Morgan.

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 out 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 first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results. 


Updated June 18, 2024

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Firearms Offenses