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Tampa Armed Career Criminal Sentenced To 15 Years’ Imprisonment For Possessing Firearm

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

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell today sentenced Deandre Riviera Lopez (33, Tampa) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Lopez had pleaded guilty on June 29, 2023.

According to court documents, on May 15, 2022, officers from the Tampa Police Department (TPD) arrested Lopez on an active felony warrant from the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County. During Lopez’s arrest, the officers observed Lopez blade his body and appear to reach for an item near his waist. A search of Lopez revealed a Century Arms “Canik” TP9 Elite Combat semi-automatic pistol tucked near Lopez’s right waist. The firearm was loaded with 14 rounds of ammunition. Lopez later admitted that he always carried a firearm for personal protection and that he had owned the pistol for several months. 

At the time of his arrest, Lopez had multiple prior felony convictions and was therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by Tampa Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David W.A. Chee and Samantha J. Newman.

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 October 2, 2023

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