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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Federal Indictment For Pensacola Man Accused Of Possessing Firearms at Veterans Affairs Facility

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – United States Attorney Lawrence Keefe, of the Northern District of Florida,
announced today that a federal grand jury has indicted a Pensacola man for the possession of
firearms, including a concealed firearm, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Joint Ambulatory
Care Clinic in Pensacola. The three-count indictment alleges that Pensacola resident Howell E.
Camp, 58, illegally possessed a 5.56 millimeter Del-Ton Incorporated rifle and a 9 millimeter Smith
& Wesson pistol at the federal facility. It is alleged that Camp possessed these firearms with the
intent to commit a crime on May 6, 2020.

“The security of our federal facilities and those who work within them remains a priority of this
office and we, along with our law enforcement partners, are deeply committed to protecting such
facilities,” said Keefe.

Camp is charged with possession of the firearms with the intent to commit a crime, for which he
faces up to five years’ imprisonment. He is also charged with carrying a concealed firearm in
violation of law, for which he faces up to three years’ imprisonment. An arraignment date has been
set for Thursday, May 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., in Pensacola, Florida.

Assistant United States Attorney David L. Goldberg is prosecuting the case following a joint
investigation by Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General - Criminal Investigations Division,
the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of
federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and
entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a
reasonable doubt at trial.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that
serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. To access
public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
Florida
website.  For more information about the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of
Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html.

Contact: 
United States Attorney's Office Northern District of Florida (850) 216-3845 USAFLN.Press.Office@usdoj.gov
Updated May 26, 2020