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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

St. Petersburg Man Pleads Guilty To Firearm Offense

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Charles Parker Harrington, III (27, St. Petersburg) today pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Harrington was indicted on October 19, 2016.

According to court documents, on August 3, 2016, an officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Harrington was a passenger.  Further investigation revealed an outstanding warrant for Harrington’s arrest. The officer detained Harrington, searched him, and found a loaded .380 caliber pistol in his pocket. At the time, Harrington was a convicted felon and therefore 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 St. Petersburg Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Taylor G. Stout.

This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy.  United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Daryl R. McCrary, 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.

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Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated November 29, 2016