Tampa Felon Pleads Guilty To Possessing A Firearm

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Tampa, FL – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Malachi Deloch (23, Tampa) has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Deloch faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, on February 7, 2022, Deloch, a convicted felon, possessed multiple firearms, including a Springfield XD 9mm with extended magazine. Deloch was seen openly carrying the firearm in a residential area of Tampa, he later fled from officers with the Tampa Police Department who had arrived on the scene.

This case was investigated by the Tampa Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Samantha Beckman.

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.