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Ohio Man Pleads To Illegally Purchasing Firearms In Tampa And Transferring Them To Juveniles

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

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Gabriel Gladman (23, Akron, OH) today pleaded guilty to a 14-count indictment charging him with 8 counts of providing a false statement to a federally licensed dealer to acquire a firearm and 6 counts of unlawfully transferring a handgun to a juvenile. Gladman faces a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment for each count of providing a false statement to acquire a firearm, and 1 year in federal prison for each count for unlawfully transferring a handgun to a juvenile. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, Gladman, on several dates, purchased firearms from federally licensed dealers in Tampa, where he represented that he was the actual buyer of the firearms. On those same dates, however, Gladman transferred those firearms to juveniles.

As part of the plea agreement, Gladman has agreed to forfeit 8 firearms, which are traceable to proceeds of the offense. Those firearms included a Glock .26 semi-automatic firearm, an FMK 9C1 semi-automatic firearm, a Taurus G3 semi-automatic firearm, two Tara TM-9X semi-automatic firearms, and a Taurus G3C semi-automatic firearm.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tampa Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maria Guzman. Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne Nebesky is responsible for the forfeiture of the firearms.

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

Updated June 13, 2024

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