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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Leesburg Man Sentenced To 14 Years In Federal Prison For Carjacking

Ocala, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. today sentenced Avery Tumer (24, Leesburg) to 14 years and 2 months in federal prison for carjacking, conspiracy to commit carjacking, brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

According to court records, on December 23, 2016, Tumer, along with his co-conspirators Timotheus Reed, Jonathan Lanier, and Amy Scott conspired to rob an individual of his money, other personal items, and his car by arranging a meeting at a gas station in Leesburg between the victim and Scott. The victim believed that he was going to meet the woman only. However, shortly after the victim arrived, Tumer, Reed, and Lanier pulled the victim from his car and stole his wallet and other personal property. During the robbery, the three men wore masks and pointed firearms at the victim. Tumer later pistol-whipped the victim and took his car. All four individuals were arrested a short time later by officers from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Leesburg Police Department.

On November 30, 2017, a federal jury found Tumer and Reed guilty for their roles in the crimes. Reed was previously sentenced to 12 years in federal prison. On November 15, 2017, a separate jury found Lanier guilty for his role and he was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison. Scott pleaded guilty for her involvement and was sentenced to 46 months’ imprisonment.

This case was investigated by the FBI (Daytona Resident Agency), the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and the Leesburg Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dale Campion.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated May 16, 2018