☷Convicted Felon Who Fired at Occupied Vehicle Sentenced to Eight Years in Federal Prison
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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Convicted Felon Who Fired At Occupied Vehicle Sentenced To Eight Years In Federal Prison Tampa , FL – U . S . District Judge Susan C . Bucklew has sentenced Antonio Phillips ( 23 , Tampa ) to eight years in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon . Phillips had pleaded guilty on January 25 , 2022 . According to court documents , on December 1 , 2020 , in Tampa , Phillips and others were inside a white Infiniti and pulled out in front of another occupied vehicle . The occupants of the Infiniti opened fire into the other vehicle’s windshield . After the shooting , law enforcement air support tracked the Infiniti , which had fled the scene . Video surveillance captured muzzle flashes coming from the passenger side of the Infiniti where Phillips was sitting . Numerous bullet holes were observed on the other vehicle . Phillips and others fled from the Infiniti , discarded weapons , jumped over fences and across yards before they were ultimately apprehended . Officers recovered the firearms which had been discarded by the suspects . They included a Glock 19 ( 9mm ) , an FNH ( . 40 - caliber ) , and a Glock 26 ( 9mm ) , along with a 50 - round drum - style magazine and trigger mounted laser . Bullet casings recovered from the scene of the shooting had been fired from the Glock 19 and Glock 26 firearms . An empty semi - automatic magazine was recovered from the Infiniti’s driver ' s door pocket , and an empty black pistol holster was recovered from the back right passenger’s seat of the vehicle . Spent bullet casings were recovered from the front and back passenger’s compartments . DNA belonging to Phillips and three other men was recovered from the Glock 26 . Prior to these events , Philips had been convicted of multiple felonies and therefore is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law . This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tampa Police Department . It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diego F . Novaes . This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal , state , and local Project Safe Neighborhoods ( PSN ) Program , the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts . PSN is an evidence - based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime . Through PSN , a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them . As part of this strategy , PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime .
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