Tampa, FL – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the return of an indictment charging Raequan M. Nelson (23, Tampa) with possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. If convicted, Nelson faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, and up to life, in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Nelson that the United States intends to forfeit the firearm and ammunition traceable to the offense.
According to the indictment, on February 13, 2022, Nelson was in possession of a firearm and ammunition. At the time of the incident, Nelson had previous felony convictions for robbery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. As a previously convicted felon, Nelson is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tampa Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Kenneth. The forfeiture will be handled by Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne Nebesky.
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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