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Southern District of Florida

Monday, April 18, 2016

Martin County Convicted Felons Sentenced to Prison for Possessing Firearms at Jensen Beach Indoor Firing Range

Two Martin County convicted felons were sentenced to prison for unlawfully possessing firearms and ammunition at an indoor firing range in Jensen Beach, Florida.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Carlos A. Canino, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office, David Dyess, Chief, Stuart Police (SPD), and William D. Snyder, Sheriff, Martin County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), made the announcement.  

Aldrick James Lott, 30, and John Robert Rucker, Jr., 46, both of Stuart, were sentenced to imprisonment by U.S. District Court Judge Robin L. Rosenberg on April 15, 2016.  On January 20, 2016, Rucker pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).  Rucker was sentenced to 57 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.  On January 26, 2016, Lott pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(e).  Lott was sentenced to 185 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.

According to the court record, on November 7, 2015, Lott and Rucker, entered a gun shop and indoor shooting range in Jensen Beach, Florida.  During their visit, Lott and Rucker were recorded on video surveillance shooting targets with multiple firearms, including a Glock 30 .45ACP caliber pistol, Smith and Wesson M&P40 .40 caliber pistol, and High-Point 9mm pistol.  The Glock and Smith and Wesson pistols were left at the store for cleaning, examined by law enforcement and determined to have been stolen.

On December 1, 2015, federal and local law enforcement agencies executed three search warrants, on residences connected to Lott and Rucker.   Law enforcement recovered the High-Point 9mm pistol, a second firearm, and various rounds of ammunition from one home connected to Lott.  From a second residence connected to Lott, officers recovered a magazine and ammunition matching the Smith and Wesson M&P40 .40 caliber pistol.  From a residence connected to Rucker, officers recovered narcotics.  

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ATF, SPD, MCSO, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carmen Lineberger.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on


Updated April 18, 2016