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Monday, April 15, 2024

Ocala felon pleads guilty to lying on firearms form, making interstate threat to kill

A 61-year-old Ocala man is facing up to a decade in federal prison after pleading guilty to making an interstate threat to kill and lying in an attempt to purchase a firearm as a convicted felon.

On Friday, United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announced that Michael Guy Dambrosia has pleaded guilty to making an interstate threat to injure and making a false statement in connection with the attempted purchase of a firearm.

Dambrosia faces a maximum penalty of 10 years behind bars. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

According to court records, on August 30, 2021, Dambrosia attempted to purchase a firearm from a local federally licensed firearms dealer. While completing the necessary paperwork to purchase the firearm, he indicated on the form that he was not a convicted felon, even though he knew this to be false.

Nearly a year and a half later, on January 30, 2023, Dambrosia made an interstate telephone call to the victim and proceeded to leave an “obscenity-laden, threatening voicemail.” In that message, Dambrosia stated several times that he would “kill” the victim.

This case was investigated by the Threat Assessment Section of the United States Capitol Police. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Joe Wheeler, III and Assistant United States Attorney Tyrie Boyer.