MANATEE -- A 33-year-old Bradenton man was sentenced in a Tampa courtroom today to 16 years and six months in prison for being in possession of a firearm while being a convicted felon.
James Lee Davis was sentenced by U.S. District Court following a plea agreement, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.
Davis and another person approached a victim who was walking her dog in a Bradenton neighborhood on July 4, according to the press release.
Davis, who had a gun, ordered the victim and a second victim to the ground. Davis and his accomplice went into the victims’ residence, shot two of their three dogs, took a small safe and fled, the release states.
A search warrant obtained by law enforcement for Davis’ residence and vehicle produced several rounds of 9mm ammunition, a 30-round magazine for a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol, several gun holsters, a second high-capacity magazine for an unidentified pistol, a loaded 9mm Ruger firearm, a loaded 9 mm Smith & Wesson firearm, an AK-47 rifle with two magazines and a box of ammunition, the release adds.
Davis’ prosecution was part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhood,” a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the release states.