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Friday, December 20, 2019

Ocala Convicted Felon Sentenced To More Than 5 Years In Federal Prison On Federal Firearms Charge

Ocala, Florida – Senior United States District Judge John Antoon II today sentenced Twon Deshay Kinsler (28, Ocala) to 5 years and 10 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. The court also ordered Kinsler to forfeit two handguns and ammunition used during the offense. Kinsler had pleaded on October 2, 2019.

According to court documents, on May 7, 2019, City of Ocala police officers responded to a call from a homeowner about an unknown man shooting firearms in a backyard of a residential area. They located Kinsler, who was sweating profusely and wearing a bulletproof vest, in the backyard of the residence. Kinsler had illegal drugs in his pockets and two loaded firearms at his feet. One of the firearms had previously been reported stolen. A gunshot residue test also confirmed the presence of gunpowder on Kinsler’s hands. 

At the time, Kinsler was a convicted felon and therefore prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law. 

This case was investigated by the Ocala Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.

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.

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated December 20, 2019