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Volusia County Armed Career Criminal Pleads Guilty

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

Orlando, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that Christopher Holladay (37, Deland) pleaded guilty today to possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Holladay faces a mandatory minimum term of 15 years in federal prison, up to a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set. Holladay was indicted on February 13, 2013.

According to the plea agreement, on August 2, 2012, Holladay, a ten-time previously convicted felon, sold a stolen Remington rifle to an undercover officer and a confidential informant for $350. The rifle had been stolen the day before during a residential burglary. On August 31, 2012, a deputy with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office stopped a vehicle driven by Holladay. A drug detection K-9 alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, investigators found marijuana and methamphetamine.

Holladay has 10 prior state felony convictions for drug possession, conspiracy to traffic in methamphetamine, grand theft, robbery, burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting an officer with violence, accessory after the fact, and failure of a career offender to properly register. As a previously convicted felon, Holladay is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law. Because Holladay's prior criminal record includes several violent felonies and a serious drug offense, Holladay qualifies for enhanced sentencing as an Armed Career Criminal under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.
It 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 Robert E. O’Neill, along with Julie Torres, 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.

Updated January 26, 2015