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Seffner Man Sentenced To 25 Years In Federal Prison For Firearms And Arson Charges

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

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich today sentenced Joshua David Jordan (30, Seffner) to 25 years in federal prison for arson and for discharging a firearm during and in relation to attempted carjackings. The court also ordered Jordan to pay $82,200 in restitution to the victims of his crimes.

Jordan had pleaded guilty on September 4, 2019.

According to court documents, on the night of October 3, 2017, Jordan attempted to commit two armed carjackings in Hillsborough County, firing a semi-automatic handgun during each one. In the second attempted carjacking, Jordan shot the driver, who escaped and survived. Jordan then stole and set fire to a landscaping company’s spray truck, resulting in its destruction. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher Murray and Callan Albritton.

This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

Updated December 20, 2019

Firearms Offenses
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