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Middle District of Florida

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Polk County Man Convicted Of Federal Firearms Charges

Tampa, FL - Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury yesterday found Alexis Antoine Davis, a/k/a "Big Mike," (32, Polk County) guilty of three counts of being a felon in possession of firearms. Davis faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later date. Davis was indicted on January 8, 2013.

According to evidence presented at trial, on August 30, 2012, September 4, 2012, and September 5, 2012, Davis possessed and sold five firearms to undercover agents, as part of an ongoing undercover operation in Polk County. At the time the transactions took place, Davis was a convicted felon. As a convicted felon, Davis 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 Lakeland Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Joseph W. Swanson, Stacie B. Harris, and Adam M. Saltzman.

It is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy. Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Julie Leon, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

Updated January 26, 2015