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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 28, 2022

Member of United Skinhead Nation Guilty of Federal Firearms Offense

Miami, Florida – This week, 58-year-old Leslie Lee Gross, pled guilty in federal court in Fort Pierce to possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon.

As part of his guilty plea, Leslie Lee Gross admitted that on July 5, 2020, he sold a Smith & Wesson, Model M&P40, .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol and two loaded .40 caliber magazines. Gross admitted he had discussed the time he spent in prison with the buyer and told the buyer that he was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, a neo-Nazi prison gang.  Gross also admitted that when he sold the firearm, he was an active member of the United Skinhead Nation, which is known as a racist skinhead hate group with chapters in Florida and Tennessee.  Gross claimed he had to get guns on the street because he was unable to legally purchase firearms due to his criminal history.  

U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon will sentence Gross in Fort Pierce on April 7, at 10:45 a.m.   Gross faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami, made the announcement.

FBI Miami investigated this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Porter is prosecuting it.

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 at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov, under case number 21-cr-14024.

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Contact: 
Marlene Rodriguez Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney Public Affairs Officer USAFLS.News@usdoj.gov
Updated February 1, 2022