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Tampa Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to More Than Twenty-Four Years in Federal Prison

Friday, March 17, 2017 23:09
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Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington today sentenced Ernest Vereen, Jr. (40, Tampa) to 24 years and 5 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as an Armed Career Criminal. He was found guilty on November 1, 2016, after a two-day trial.
According to trial testimony, when officers from the Tampa Police Department confronted Vereen pursuant to an ongoing investigation, he reached for his firearm before ultimately complying with their demands. During the sentencing hearing, the judge described Vereen’s decades-long history of sexual and physical violence, noting that she was particularly concerned that Vereen targeted people with less physical strength than him, specifically women and, in one instance, a 4-year-old child. The judge explained her decision to sentence Vereen at the high end of his guidelines range, explaining that the Court’s first obligation was to keep society safe.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Tampa Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Natalie Hirt Adams.
This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program – a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy. United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Daryl R. McCrary, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.


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  • euclides de oliveira pinto neto

    Na legislação brasileira, as penas são aplicadas a partir de prazos previamente definidos e de acordo com fatores que podem atenuar ou agravar a pena. Para um sujeito que já está com 40 anos, uma condenação a 24 anos pelo crime de portar uma arma parece que condena o réu a morrer na prisão… não conheço os detalhes dos crimes praticados pelo réu, mas o crime pelo qual estava sendo objeto de processo era porte de arma… um prazo muito longo para um “gesto criminoso” menos grave…

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