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Ocala felon who brought gun to block party gets 5-year prison sentence

A convicted felon from Ocala who attended a block party while possessing a firearm will spend the next five years behind bars.

On Thursday, the Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office announced that 27-year-old Devin Rashad Sims has been found guilty of possessing a firearm. Following the guilty verdict, Marion County Judge Peter M. Brigham sentenced Sims to five years in the Florida Department of Corrections.

According to court records, Sims had attended a large block party in Ocala in April of 2022. During the event, Ocala Police Department officers spotted him in the crowd while they were patrolling the area.

Sims was wearing a ski mask at the time, and officers noticed that he was grabbing and holding onto an item that was in one of his pockets.

Due to the suspicious behavior, officers began walking towards Sims. As officers approached him, Sims ran toward a parked vehicle, and he was observed tossing an item from his pocket into a grassy area near the vehicle.

The officers made contact with Sims, and a firearm was observed in the grassy area where they had observed him tossing an item. The firearm was collected as evidence.

After being read his Miranda rights, Sims denied ownership of the firearm. Due to the discovery of the firearm, as well as Sims’ criminal history which includes a prior felony conviction, Sims was placed under arrest for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

While being processed at Marion County Jail, Sims told the arresting officer that he firearm was “not his” and that he “did not plan on using it.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Janine Nixon.