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Clearwater Man Gets Over 22 Years For Possessing Firearm As A Felon

jail prisAunyis Cherry, 27, Clearwater, has been sentenced to 22 years and 11 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. on

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – Aunyis Cherry, 27, Clearwater, has been sentenced to 22 years and 11 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Cherry also has been ordered to forfeit the firearm. A jury found Cherry guilty on June 16, 2022.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Cherry drove a car with a counterfeit license plate in the area of 14th Street South in St. Petersburg.

A uniformed detective with the St. Petersburg Police Department arrived in the area to conduct a traffic stop and Cherry fled from the car but was apprehended. The vehicle’s owner couldn’t be determined, and an inventory search revealed a loaded FN Herstal pistol.

The jury heard testimony that Cherry’s DNA was located in three places on the firearm, including the handle and trigger. As a previously convicted felon, Cherry is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Mike Gordon and Craig Gestring and was tried by Assistant United States Attorneys Samantha Beckman and James Preston.

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