ORLANDO, FLORIDA – U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron today sentenced Louis Farmer, Jr. (24, Orlando) to 3 years and 10 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Farmer had been found guilty on November 13, 2020, following a bench trial.
According to court documents, on September 30, 2019, at approximately 2:00 a.m., following a traffic accident in downtown Orlando, law enforcement officers observed a loaded AR-15 rifle in Farmer’s vehicle. As law enforcement officers began investigating the traffic accident, Farmer stepped out his car and attempted to flee from the officers. He was apprehended a short time later. Further investigation revealed that Farmer also had in his possession a second firearm, as well as heroin. At the time of the incident, Farmer was on state supervised release, following a 36-month state prison sentence for robbery with a firearm and aggravated battery with a firearm, and therefore, is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Orlando Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Shawn P. Napier and Amanda Daniels.
This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.