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Hillsborough Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing Firearm

The man, whom prosecutors described as a “violent felon,” threatened two women with a sawed-off shotgun, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

TAMPA – A Hillsborough man described as a “violent felon” has been sentenced to federal prison for illegal possession of a firearm, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida said.

Stevie Cavazos, 24, of Hillsborough County, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. The sentence was the highest permissible under the relevant statute. The court also ordered Cavazos to forfeit the firearms and ammunition that he had possessed, which are traceable to proceeds of the offense. Cavazos pleaded guilty June 8.

According to court documents and testimony during the sentencing hearing, Cavazos threatened two women with a sawed-off shotgun. While interviewing the victims, law enforcement officers heard shots coming from Cavazos’s home. They found Cavazos at his home along with the sawed-off shotgun and another rifle. At the time, Cavazos had previous convictions for robbery and battery on a law enforcement officer and, was therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm by federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that federal officials say has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer.

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Hillsborough Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing Firearm
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