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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 18, 2016

Fort Myers Man Sentenced To More Than Seven Years In Prison For Illegal Possession Of A Firearm

Fort Myers, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell today sentenced Basilio Amaury Bron, Jr. (35, Fort Myers) to seven years and three months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. The Court also ordered him to forfeit the handgun and ammunition that had been used in the offense.

Bron was found guilty on November 12, 2015, following a bench trial before Judge Chappell.   

According to court documents, an officer from with the Fort Myers Police Department (FMPD) Violent Crimes Task Force observed Bron discard litter from the passenger window of a vehicle. FMPD officers stopped the vehicle and learned that Bron had an active warrant for unpaid child support. During the course of the traffic stop, officers also discovered that Bron was carrying a .25 caliber handgun, loaded with three rounds, in his front waistband. 

At the time of the incident, Bron had four previous felony convictions and was therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes members of the FMPD Violent Crimes Task Force, with additional assistance provided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David G. Lazarus.

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 Regina Lombardo, 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.

Topic: 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated April 19, 2016