PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Robert Lamar Gerald, 37, of Pensacola, was sentenced today to 210 months in federal prison, after pleading guilty in April 2016 to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
In June 2015, an Escambia Country Sherriff’s Deputy on patrol stopped the vehicle Gerald was driving. After the stop, Gerald fled on foot and was apprehended after a brief chase. The search of his vehicle revealed a loaded 9 millimeter pistol.
The indictment lists 14 prior state felony convictions for Gerald. As a previously convicted felon, Gerald is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law. Because his prior criminal record includes several violent felonies and drug offenses, Gerald qualifies for enhanced sentencing as an Armed Career Criminal under federal law.
This case resulted from investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, and the Gun Crime Response Team. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey M. Tharp.