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Monday, April 15, 2024

Ocala gang member pleads guilty to possessing stolen gun

A 24-year-old Ocala gang member is facing up to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing a stolen firearm.

On Friday, United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announced that Clinton Darnelle Kaham, a convicted felon, has pleaded guilty to the firearm possession charge.

Clinton Darnelle Kaham
Clinton Darnelle Kaham

A sentencing date for Kaham has not yet been set.

According to court records, on July 6, 2022, Ocala Police Department officers were conducting foot patrol in the area of the Berkeley Pointe apartment complex located in the 2800 block of NE 7th Street in Ocala. During that patrol, the officers observed a parked vehicle near an apartment, and its passenger door was open.

OPD stated in the arrest report that the vehicle had three occupants, including a gang member who was identified as Kaham. He was seated in the front seat of the vehicle, and the officers observed that he appeared to be rolling something in his hands.

An officer made contact with Kaham, and a “strong smell of marijuana” was emanating from the vehicle. The three occupants were removed from the vehicle and the interior was searched.

According to OPD, a backpack was found on the front passenger floorboard, and it contained a loaded .357 revolver. A search of the firearm’s serial number revealed that it was reported stolen out of Ocala.

The OPD report stated that the backpack containing the revolver had been “right in-between Kaham’s feet” when he was sitting in the vehicle. Inside the backpack, officers also found a Florida identification card and credit card belonging to Kaham.

A subsequent forensic analysis by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) found “very strong support” that Kaham was the source of the DNA profile developed from the trigger, grip, frame, and trigger guard of the firearm.

Kaham has a prior felony conviction in 2021 for possession of heroin. As a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law.

The Ocala Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated this case, and it is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Hannah Nowalk.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which is a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve in an effort to reduce violent crime and gun violence.