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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Yulee Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Firearms Offense

Jacksonville, Florida – Shawn Andrew Wilson (44, Yulee), a/k/a “Red Dog,” has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony offense. Wilson faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, on January 27, 2018, a 911-caller reported to the police that Wilson was at a trailer home in Yulee, Florida, and had fired what sounded like a pistol. Responding police officers arrested Wilson, and, with the consent of a resident of the home, entered and recovered a loaded pistol in a bedroom. Following his arrest, Wilson explained to an officer that he had shot a gun from the doorway of the home, but that he was not trying to hit the 911-caller.  Wilson has at least three prior felony convictions, and as such, is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Coolican. 

This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. 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.

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Updated March 20, 2019