TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Chester Herbert, 41, of Tallahassee, Fla., Has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of a gun by a convicted felon. Jason R. Coody, acting United States attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced the sentence.
Court documents indicate that on December 9, 2018, officers from the Tallahassee Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance and found Herbert loading personal effects into a friend’s vehicle. Officers determined that Herbert had multiple warrants outstanding and arrested him. Witnesses said Herbert had placed a gun in his friend’s vehicle before officers arrived. The friend allowed officers to recover the gun, which had already been reported stolen. Herbert later admitted his possession of the gun, along with a box of ammunition.
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Herbert’s criminal record includes eleven felony convictions in Georgia and Florida, several of which relate to drug distribution and violence against law enforcement officials. Due to the nature of his previous felony convictions, Herbert called himself a career armed criminal and faced increased federal sentences.
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“Those who repeatedly commit serious crimes deserve significant prison sentences,” Interim US Attorney Coody said. “Thanks to the exceptional work of our law enforcement partners and honest, law-abiding citizens, this armed criminal has been called to account for his continued criminal conduct.”
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“Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is not only illegal, it compromises the safety of our communities,” said Craig W. Saier, ATF Special Agent. âThis condemnation is another example that working together with our partners and citizens makes our communities safer.