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Tampa Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing Firearm

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He threatened to shoot a security officer at an Ybor City bar, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

TAMPA – A federal judge has sentenced a Tampa man to more than 19 years in prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida said.

Reginald Hollie a/k/a Reginald Bedford, 35, of Tampa, was sentenced to 19 years and 7 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. The court also ordered Hollie to forfeit the firearm that was used in the offense. A federal jury found Hollie guilty on April 25.

According to testimony presented at trial, on the evening of Sept. 23 and into the early morning hours of Sept. 24, 2017, a friend of Hollie’s was ejected from a bar in Ybor City by the establishment’s security team. Hollie, a convicted felon, became angry, obtained a firearm, returned to the bar, and threatened to shoot one of the security officers. Officers from the Tampa Police Department then attempted to make contact with Hollie, and ultimately found him in possession of a loaded firearm.

As a previously convicted felon, Hollie is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

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

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tampa Police Department.

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Tampa Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing Firearm
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Tampa Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing Firearm
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He threatened to shoot a security officer at an Ybor City bar, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
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