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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 8, 2018

Broward County Resident Sentenced to Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

On June 7, 2018, Joey Little, of Broward County, was sentenced to 57 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge James I. Cohn, after previously pleading guilty to being a felon unlawfully in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Ari C. Shapira, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.

According to the court docket, including the agreed upon factual proffer, between June 21, 2016, and January 11, 2018, Little posted several photos and videos on social media in which he was pictured in possession of a firearm.  During one of the videos, Little discharged the firearm in a residential area.  On January 11, 2018, Little was located sitting in a vehicle outside his home. In the passenger seat, law enforcement found a lunch bag containing a Taurus .9mm pistol fitted with an extended magazine. Little had previously been convicted of a felony and was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition. 

This case stems from Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Mr. Greenberg commended the investigatory efforts of the ATF in this matter.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anita G. White.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Updated June 8, 2018