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02/14/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2018 06:53

Fort Myers Armed Career Criminal Sentenced To Fifteen Years For Firearms Offense

Fort Myers, Florida - U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Jovon McClures (40, Fort Myers) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. The Court also ordered him to forfeit the firearm used during the offense. He pleaded guilty on October 31, 2017.

According to court documents, on January 29, 2017, officers from the Fort Myers Police Department located a loaded firearm in McClures's jacket pocket while investigating a loud argument in an apartment parking lot. As a previously convicted felon, McClures is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Fort Myers Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Simon R. Eth.

This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice's 'Project Safe Neighborhoods' Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety - one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.