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Osceola County Felon Pleads Guilty To Possessing Firearms And Ammunition

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

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Edward Charlesalton Chappell (41, Kissimmee) has pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. Chappell faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, up to life, in federal prison under the Armed Career Criminal Act. Sentencing is scheduled for September 17, 2024.

According to the plea agreement, on July 13, 2022, a state search warrant was executed on a hotel room occupied by Chappell after he sold fentanyl to an undercover agent. Inside the hotel room, agents located cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine, and other drugs as well as drug processing materials. Agents also located a Glock pistol, a Ruger pistol, and 9mm caliber ammunition.

At the time Chappell possessed the firearms and ammunition, he had previously been convicted of multiple felonies, including four convictions for delivery of cocaine and one conviction for possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver. As a multi-time convicted felon, Chappell is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition. As part of the plea agreement, Chappell agreed to forfeit the firearms and ammunition he unlawfully possessed.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Megan Testerman.

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 17, 2024

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