LAKELAND, Fla. – Eddie Winman Thomas, 32, Lakeland, was charged with possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon.
If convicted, Thomas faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Thomas that the United States intends to forfeit the firearm and ammunition traceable to the offense.
According to the indictment, on April 28, 2022, Thomas was in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
At the time of the incident, Thomas had previous felony convictions for Hobbs Act Robbery and conspiracy to obstruct “commerce by robbery”.
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As a previously convicted felon, Thomas is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael R. Kenneth. The forfeiture will be handled by Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne C. Nebesky.