Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Charlene E. Honeywell today sentenced Deuntay Robertson (30, Sarasota) to 6 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. The court also ordered Robertson to forfeit a Bersa Thunder 380 CC, .380 caliber pistol and four rounds of ammunition. Robertson had pleaded guilty on March 11, 2022.
According to court documents, on February 9, 2021, law enforcement officers were working an undercover operation in Sarasota. Robertson approached the undercover law enforcement vehicle and offered to sell the undercover officers cocaine base. Robertson instructed the undercover officers to meet him around the corner.
Two uniformed law enforcement officers approached and detained Robertson as he went to meet the undercover officers. The officers conducted a pat-down search of Robertson and recovered a loaded firearm, a digital scale, cocaine base, and eutylone. Robertson later confessed to possessing the firearm. At the time of this offense, Robertson had multiple prior felony convictions and therefore is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Sarasota Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Charlie D. Connally.
This case was 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.