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Orlando Man Pleads Guilty To Illegally Possessing Firearm And Ammunition

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

Orlando, FL – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Benjamin Garmon, Jr. (25, Orlando) has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. Garmon faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, on January 20, 2024, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office were conducting a homicide investigation and executed a search warrant at Garmon’s home on Gadwall Lane in Orlando. Garmon was present, along with his girlfriend. During the execution of the warrant, law enforcement located a firearm inside a shoebox in the closet of Garmon’s bedroom. The firearm was a Glock, model 21 Gen 4, .45 caliber pistol, loaded with ammunition. Garmon told the deputies that he had moved the firearm from a dresser in his bedroom to a shoebox in the closet when the deputies arrived at his home to execute the warrant.

At the time Garmon possessed the firearm and ammunition, he had previously been convicted of four felonies, including carrying a concealed firearm on July 25, 2018, burglary of a structure, grand theft, and resisting law enforcement officer without violence in March 2019. As a convicted felon, Garmon is 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 Orange County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kara Wick.

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 20, 2024

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