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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Ocklawaha convicted felon pleads guilty to possessing firearm, ammunition

A 35-year-old man from Ocklawaha is facing up to a decade in prison after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon.

United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg made the announcement earlier today that Justin Heath Griffin has entered a guilty plea to an indictment charging him with one count of possessing a firearm and ammunition affecting interstate commerce by a convicted felon.

Justin Heath Griffin
Justin Heath Griffin

This charge is punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison. Griffin was indicted on July 19, 2022, and he will be sentenced on March 9, 2023, before Senior United States District Judge Gregory A. Presnell.

According to court records, on March 3, 2022, officers from the Ocala Police Department arrested Griffin for driving without a valid driver’s license. Following the arrest, the officers discovered that Griffin possessed a loaded firearm, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, and methamphetamine.

Griffin has eight prior state felony convictions, including possession of a firearm by a violent offender (2006) and armed robbery (2007). As a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

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