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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Former Alachua county deputy pleads guilty to purchasing, selling gun used in Marion County homicide

A former Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputy has pled guilty to two federal felonies.

The 26-year-old former deputy and Ocala resident, Kenyari Devaughnte Brewton, faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to making a materially false statement during the purchase of a firearm and causing a federal firearms licensee to maintain false information in its official records.

Brewton will be required to hand over all firearms and ammunition related to the charges.

According to the plea agreement, Brewton purchased multiple firearms from a Marion County gun dealer between March 2, 2020 and April 26, 2021, including two handguns and an AK-47 style pistol.

While purchasing the firearms, Brewton certified on each ATF Form 4473 (Firearm Transaction Record) that he was the “actual transferee/buyer” of these guns. Brewton actually purchased the firearms on behalf of someone else and never intended to keep then. He used his status as a law enforcement officer to get a discount on the prices for some of those firearms, according to court records.

On April 26, 2021, Brewton purchased two Glock pistols (.40mm and 9mm calibers). Less than a week later on May 2, 2021, the .40 caliber Glock pistol was used by another person during a homicide in Marion County. That pistol was later recovered by the Ocala Police Department during a traffic stop involving four armed men with masks, gloves, and loaded guns.

A few weeks after the homicide on May 30, 2021, during a DUI traffic stop in Lake County, the Fruitland Park Police Department recovered the 9mm Glock handgun in a glove compartment next to $10,000 in cash.

A search warrant of Brewton’s cellphone revealed numerous text message conversations between him and the person for whom he had agreed to purchase the firearms. Brewton also admitted to federal investigators that he had “gotten caught up” in people asking him to purchase firearms and in making a profit on the sales.

The case was investigated by the Ocala Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.