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Tampa Man Previously Imprisoned For Attempted First-Degree Murder Convicted Of Unlawfully Possessing A Firearm

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

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Gerard Eric Beasley (50, Tampa) has been found guilty of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon following a bench trial before U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle. Beasley faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison.  His sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 12, 2024. Beasley was indicted on April 19, 2023.

According to evidence presented at trial, Beasley was stopped by officers from the Tampa Police Department for driving without his headlights on and for a partially opened trunk. During a search of Beasley’s vehicle, police officers discovered marijuana, crack cocaine, and a Taurus G2C 9mm pistol loaded with one round of ammunition. Beasley admitted to possessing the firearm and narcotics during an interview with the officers. 

Beasley had previously served over 11 years in a Florida state prison for attempted first-degree murder and is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.   

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.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Tampa Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David W.A. Chee and Shauna S. Hale.

Updated March 14, 2024

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