U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida
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May 29, 2015

Tampa Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms and Theft of Government Property Offenses

TAMPA, FL—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Jarvos Leonard White (25, Tampa) today pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition after a felony conviction and theft of government property. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each count. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, on December 15, 2014, a customer saw White drop a handgun on the floor at the Citrus Park Town Center shopping mall in Tampa. Shortly after, White was arrested as he attempted to leave the mall. In his back pocket, he had pistol with a round chambered. Ten days later, on Christmas morning, several vehicles were burglarized in the Boyette Springs subdivision in Riverview. One of the burglarized vehicles was an FBI vehicle. Among the items stolen were three firearms, ammunition, and body armor. A blood stain from within the vehicle was subsequently determined to match White’s DNA.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carlton C. Gammons.

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