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Tampa Felon Sentenced To 2 Years In Federal Prison For Possessing Firearm And Ammunition

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

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven has sentenced Carvia Harris (35, Tampa) to two years in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. Harris had pleaded guilty on May 9, 2023.

According to court documents, Harris, a multi-time convicted felon, fled from a traffic stop involving a stolen car in Hillsborough County. The vehicle was driven by a known fentanyl trafficker, Randell Love, who later pleaded guilty to federal armed fentanyl trafficking charges arising from a separate incident. Deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office recovered a loaded .40 caliber pistol with an obliterated serial number from a bag inside the car. A crime scene technician processed the firearm and magazine for fingerprints. A print on the magazine was comparable and came back as a match to Harris. As a convicted felon, Harris is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Christopher F. Murray.

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 18, 2023

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