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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Ocala convicted felon pleads guilty to firearm possession

A convicted felon from Ocala has pleaded guilty to a federal firearm offense.

United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg has announced that 33-year-old Ronrico Lionel Farmer has pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Farmer faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

Ronrico Lionel Farmer
Ronrico Lionel Farmer

Farmer had been indicted on September 28, 2021.

According to court documents, on or about April 17, 2021, an Ocala Police Department officer observed a traffic infraction and conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle which was being driven by Farmer. He gave the officer a false name to conceal his suspended driver’s license.

When the vehicle was searched, a substance (fentanyl) was discovered on the driver’s side floorboard, which Farmer referred to as “children’s candy.” Also on the floorboard, the officer discovered a loaded 9mm handgun with an extended magazine.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a DNA analysis of the recovered firearm and determined that Farmer’s DNA was on the weapon. As a multi-convicted felon, Farmer is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Ocala Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.

A sentencing date has not been scheduled yet.