Date of Release:
February 2, 2007
Time of Release: 2:30 p.m.
THREE ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION LEAD TO A NINETEEN-YEAR
PRISON SENTENCE FOR ORLANDO ARMED CAREER
Orlando, Florida - Senior United States District Judge G. Kendall
Sharp today sentenced TRAVIS FERRELL GRIFFIN, age 31, of Orlando, to a term of
235 months’ imprisonment on a single charge of possession of ammunition by a
convicted felon. Upon his release from prison, GRIFFIN also must serve five
years on supervised release; he further is required to pay a $100 special
monetary assessment. GRIFFIN had been found guilty of the offense after a
federal jury trial on October 27, 2006.
According to the evidence presented at
trial, on March 4, 2005, GRIFFIN was driving an automobile near the intersection
of Parramore and West Kaley Street in City of Orlando. After failing to stop at
a posted sign, GRIFFIN was stopped by members of the Orlando Police Department.
GRIFFIN, who had no driver’s license, was arrested by the officers. He
subsequently admitted that he had given a loaded firearm to his girlfriend, a
passenger in the car, as the police had pulled him over. When recovered by the
officers, this handgun contained three rounds of .32 Auto caliber Fiocchi
ammunition. As a previously convicted felon, GRIFFIN is prohibited under federal
law from possessing either firearms or ammunition.
The case represents the culmination of a cooperative effort between the United
States Attorney’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office for Orange County, the
City of Orlando Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
This is another case prosecuted as a part the Department of
Justice program “Project Safe Neighborhoods” - a nationwide gun violence
reduction initiative with strong support from ATF. United States Attorney Paul
I. Perez is coordinating the cooperative effort here in the Middle District of
Florida with federal, state and local law enforcement officials. The objective
is to reduce violent crime by locating and seizing unlawfully possessed guns and
then swiftly prosecuting the offenders using both federal and state gun laws.