Orlando, FL – U.S. District Judge Wendy W. Berger has sentenced Desha Cooper (32, Ocoee) to 3 years and 10 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon. Cooper entered a guilty plea on October 24, 2023.
According to court records, on the night of February 3, 2023, an officer from the Orlando Police Department conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle that Cooper was driving. The officer observed a loaded firearm on the driver’s side floorboard of the vehicle, and Cooper fled on foot. The United States Marshals Service later located and arrested Cooper. At the time of his arrest, Cooper, a previously convicted felon, was in possession of a second loaded firearm. As a convicted felon who previously served time in federal prison for a firearm offense, Cooper is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with valuable assistance from the Orlando Police Department and the United States Marshals Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard Varadan.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.