Florida Man's Unlawful Firearm Possession Earns Him Six-Year Jail Sentence

Florida Man’s Unlawful Firearm Possession Earns Him Six-Year Jail Sentence

A man from Florida has been given a federal prison sentence of six years and three months for being in possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon.

Pocols Lashawn Jackson, aged 39 and residing in Jacksonville, entered a guilty plea on August 22, 2023.

According to official records, on November 21, 2022, officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop of Jackson’s vehicle because he was not wearing a seatbelt.

During the stop, a search was carried out on the vehicle due to the noticeable smell of marijuana emanating from it. This search led to the discovery of a loaded semi-automatic pistol under the driver’s seat.

At the time of the incident, Jackson had accumulated nine prior felony convictions, making him legally prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

The investigation was conducted jointly by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Cannizzaro.

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