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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Ocala convicted felon with AR-15 pistol, AK-47 rifle pleads guilty to federal firearm offense

United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announced on Tuesday that 29-year-old Keo Ibua Mike from Ocala has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon.

Mike faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

Keo Ibua Mike
Keo Ibua Mike

According to court documents, on or about November 7, 2019, law enforcement officers arrested Mike on outstanding warrants at an Ocala residence that smelled strongly of marijuana. Investigators obtained a search warrant and recovered methamphetamine, cocaine, and MDMA from the home.

Three loaded firearms were also located in the attic, including an AR-15 “ghost” pistol (with no manufacturer markings) and an AK-47 rifle. Photos from a social media account belonging to Mike showed him holding the AR-15 pistol hours before the arrest, and DNA testing by the Federal Bureau of Investigation conclusively linked him to the other two firearms.

Mike’s prior felony convictions include aggravated assault with a firearm (2009) and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon (2014). As a convicted felon, Mike is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

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