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

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Tampa Man Sentenced To Fifteen Years For Illegal Possession Of A Firearm

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday has sentenced Jamaar Danglo Hayes (34, Tampa) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. The court also ordered him to forfeit the firearm. Hayes pleaded guilty on April 25, 2018.

According to court documents, in October 2017, Hayes drove to an apartment complex located on Sligh Avenue in Tampa while in possession of a .38 caliber revolver. Multiple individuals at the apartment complex saw Hayes with the firearm and called 911. The responding officers located Hayes and the revolver. Hayes, a previously convicted felon, is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tampa Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay G. Trezevant.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In October 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to develop districtwide crime reduction strategies, incorporating the lessons learned since the program’s inception in 2001. 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.

Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated August 3, 2018