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Lakeland Shooter Sentenced to more than 5 Years in Prison

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

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell has sentenced Nicholas Quinton Hanson (23, Lakeland) to five years and ten months in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition. He pleaded guilty on October 1, 2014.

According to court documents, on May 10, 2014, law enforcement officers responded to a shooting at a Chevron gas station in Lakeland. Surveillance video from the gas station captured the shooting, and the individuals involved. That night, numerous individuals, including Hanson, arrived at the gas station in multiple vehicles and congregated around the gas pumps. After conversing for a short time, and as the individuals returned to their vehicles, gunfire erupted from a nearby location. The shots were aimed at Hanson and the others. Hanson returned fire from the rear passenger window of his vehicle and fled the scene. Although the firearm Hanson had used was not located, five of his shell casings were recovered from the scene. Hanson has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for burglary, grand theft, and retaliation against a witness. As a previously convicted felon, he was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Lakeland Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Josephine W. Thomas.

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. It is also another example of ATF’s Frontline Strategy to impact violent crime within our communities.

Updated February 5, 2015