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

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Perrine Resident Sentenced to Twenty Years in Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI’s Miami Field Office, and Juan J. Perez, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) announced that on November 12, 2019, Fabian Perpall, 28, of Perrine, Florida was sentenced to twenty years in prison after having been convicted at trial of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Perpall was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Rodolfo A. Ruiz II to 240 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years supervised release following his trial conviction on two counts of Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Convicted Felon (Case No. 18cr20664). 

            According to evidence presented at trial, on July 11, 2018, Perpall encountered a victim, threatened him with a black handgun, and demanded all he had.  The victim reported the incident to the police.  Two days later, Perpall again approached the victim in his car and fired nine shots at the victim, inflicting multiple gunshots and striking the victim with the vehicle. The victim required emergency medical attention and was placed in a medically-induced coma, as a result of his injuries.

            Four days after the shooting, as the police attempted to arrest Perpall for the attempted murder, he led the police on a high-speed chase through a residential neighborhood. The pursuit ended when Perpall’s car caught fire and crashed into a fence.  Found inside Perpall’s car, on the center console, was a loaded black handgun.  The shell casings found at the July 13th shooting scene were fired from the gun that was later recovered from Perpall’s car.

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. PSN was reinvigorated 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. 

U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigative efforts of the FBI and the MDPD. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shannon Shaw and Michael Homer.

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

Updated November 20, 2019