Federal jury finds Palmetto man guilty of armed robbery, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, contempt and extortion

Federal jury finds Palmetto man guilty of armed robbery, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, contempt and extortion
Federal jury finds Palmetto man guilty of armed robbery, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, contempt and extortion

Tampa, Fla. – U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that a federal jury today convicted Delon Adams (50, Palmetto) guilty of four counts of robbery, four counts of brandishing a firearm during and in connection to a crime of violence, possession of a firearm and ammunition as a convicted criminal, extortion and contempt of court. Each robbery charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Because Adams has a prior federal conviction for carrying a firearm during and in connection with a felony drug trafficking, each brandishing charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years, and up to life. , in a federal prison, consecutive to any other prison sentence. The felony possession charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. The charge of extortion is punishable by 2 years imprisonment. On the criminal contempt charge, Adams may be imprisoned for as long as the Honorable Virginia M. Hernandez Covington, United States District Judge, determines. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 17, 2022. Adams had been charged on October 27, 2020.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, between August 26 and September 15, 2020, Adams robbed four wireless phone stores – three in Manatee County and one in Hillsborough County. During each robbery, he pointed a gun at store employees and stole iPhones and cash. Adams then sold the stolen iPhones. Law enforcement arrested Adams on October 1, 2020 and found him in possession of a loaded handgun. Adams then sent a threatening communication to a witness in an attempt to obtain money and violated two court orders by refusing to take his fingerprints.

This case was investigated by the SPARTA (Strategic Pattern Armed Robbery Technical Apprehension) Unit of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and the Palmetto. Police department. He is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Diego F. Novaes and Christopher F. Murray.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for all. . On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a Violent Crime Reduction Strategy strengthening the NSP based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community organizations that help prevent violence, establishing targeted and strategic strategies implementation priorities and measurement of results.

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