Career Criminal Sentenced To More Than 21 Years In Prison For Possessing Ammunition

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Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge William F. Jung has sentenced Victor Ricardo Grant (40, Brandon) to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison for possessing ammunition as convicted felon. A federal jury had found Grant, who is a career criminal under the Armed Career Criminal Act, guilty on December 15, 2021.

According to court records and testimony presented at trial, the FBI obtained a search warrant for Grant’s residence as part of an investigation into a series of credit union robberies and carjackings that had been committed in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties in 2019. Investigators found approximately 400 rounds of 7.62 caliber ammunition inside backpacks kept in Grant’s bedroom closet and in the attic of his home. Ammunition drum magazines and loaded magazine clips for an AK-47 rifle were also found in the backpack hidden in the attic. Grant, having previously been convicted of several felony offenses, is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the Pinellas Park Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department, and the Clearwater Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Sinacore and Diego Novaes.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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