By Efrem Awet –
At the U.S. District Court in Ocala, Florida, U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced Johnny Lee Smith to 15 years in federal prison. Smith, in March pleaded guilty to being a felon possessing a firearm and ammunition.
In August 2020, deputies from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on Smith’s car. During the stop, the deputies saw a loaded .22 caliber revolver on the front passenger seat next to Smith.
A records check showed that Smith had 15 prior state felony convictions, including numerous convictions for selling cocaine.
Because of these felony convictions, Smith is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.
Following his arrest, the deputies also recovered an additional .22 caliber bullet from Smith’s pocket.
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