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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Orlando Resident Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison For Engaging In A Carjacking Spree With A Semiautomatic Assault Rifle

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced Cedrick Antwain Gant (28, Orlando) to 23 years in federal prison for carjacking and brandishing a semiautomatic assault weapon during an attempted carjacking. Gant had pleaded guilty on June 28, 2018.

According to court documents, on September 25, 2017, Gant, brandishing a loaded semiautomatic assault rifle, approached an individual as they drove into their driveway at a home in Eustis. As the victim exited the vehicle, Gant demanded the victim’s keys and wallet. Gant then unsuccessfully attempted to carjack the victim’s vehicle. 

Approximately an hour later, as another individual exited their vehicle at a home in Apopka, Gant approached the individual brandishing the same semiautomatic assault rifle and demanded that the victim drop their keys. In fear for their life, the victim threw the car keys to the ground, ran away, and called 911. Gant then drove off with the vehicle and attempted to flee from law enforcement in a subsequent car chase. Officers were successful in stopping the vehicle in the area of US 441 and Roger Williams Road, but Gant fled on foot and entered a residence occupied by a third victim and demanded a change of clothes and to use a telephone. After securing the third victim’s residence, law enforcement officers located Gant hiding in a wooded area behind the home.

This case was investigated by the FBI, the Apopka Police Department, and the Eustis Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sean P. Shecter.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated February 12, 2019