Citrus County felon gets 10 years for possession of firearms, ammo

Citrus County felon gets 10 years for possession of firearms, ammo

OCALA — Senior U.S. District Judge John Antoon II has sentenced Robert Joseph Miller (46, Homosassa) to 10 years in federal prison for possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon and possession of unregistered National Firearms Act (NFA) firearms – sawed-off shotguns.

The Court also ordered Miller to forfeit approximately 50 firearms and more than 8,400 rounds of ammunition linked to the offenses. Miller had been indicted on May 4, 2021. He entered guilty pleas to the charges on November 19, 2021.

According to the evidence presented in court, Miller is a three-time convicted felon prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law. On March 10, 2021, agents arrested Miller on a felony theft warrant after finding him in possession of several spools and barrels of industrial metals (nickel, cobalt, etc.).

Agents then executed a search warrant at Miller’s Citrus County residence that resulted in the recovery of more than $50,000 worth of stolen property, approximately 50 firearms, and over 8,400 rounds of assorted ammunition. The firearms consisted of rifles, shotguns, and handguns, including at least three stolen weapons and an AK-47 rifle equipped with a bump stock. Two of the firearms (sawed-off shotguns) were not registered to Miller in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as required under federal law.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.