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St. Petersburg Man Sentenced To 10 Years Possessing Firearm During Drug Robbery

Chris Boone, 25, of St. Petersburg, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Chris Boone, 25, of St. Petersburg, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon.

The Court also ordered Boone to forfeit a Hi-Point, model 4995, .45 ACP caliber rifle and ammunition, which are traceable to the offense. Boone pleaded guilty on April 12, 2022.

According to court documents, in January 2020, Boone agreed to participate in the robbery of a house where narcotics were being sold. On January 2, 2020, Boone went to a house in St. Petersburg with his co-conspirators to conduct the robbery.

Boone’s role was to engage in a drug deal and act as a decoy. When Boone arrived at the home, he went to one of the bedrooms to purchase narcotics. His co-conspirators then entered the home and began firing shots. Boone, a convicted felon, armed himself with a rifle while in the bedroom, and fired the weapon multiple times inside the house before fleeing.

Law enforcement officers responded to the scene, searched the premises, and found a Hi-Point (model 4995) .45 ACP caliber rifle on the living room sofa.

Forensic testing revealed Boone’s DNA on the rifle. During an interview with law enforcement, Boone admitted that he was a felon and that he had fired the rifle multiple times after his co-conspirators entered the residence and opened fire.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pinellas Park Police Department, and the St. Petersburg Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Charlie D. Connally.

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