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Monday, September 26, 2022

Ocklawaha convicted felon indicted for possessing firearm, ammunition

United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg has announced the arrest of 34-year-old Justin Heath Griffin from Ocklawaha on an indictment charging him with possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon.

If convicted, Griffin faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

Justin Heath Griffin
Justin Heath Griffin

Griffin has eight prior state felony convictions, including possession of a firearm by a violent offender (2006) and armed robbery (2007). On March 3, 2022, Griffin was in possession of a firearm and assorted ammunition, according to the indictment.

As a convicted felon, Griffin is prohibited from possessing either firearms or ammunition under federal law.

An indictment is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a federal criminal offense. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the City of Ocala Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Hannah Nowalk.