Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced Daniel Stephen King (28, Kissimmee) to 10 years in federal prison for possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon. The court also ordered King to forfeit nine firearms and multiple rounds of ammunition. A federal jury had found King guilty on November 14, 2022.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on April 23, 2022, the Osceola County Sherriff’s Office was called to King’s residence due to a domestic disturbance. When the deputies arrived, a resident of the house frantically ran outside with her four-year old daughter. The deputies were informed that King had a large number of firearms and ammunition in the house and that King had strapped on a bullet proof vest. At the time, King was a convicted felon who was on probation and prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition. The deputies surrounded the house, and after approximately two hours, they persuaded King to come out and surrender. A warrant was obtained to search the residence and nine firearms were recovered, including three rifles, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and a ballistic vest. A rifle safe, multiple gun lockboxes, magazines, and an ammunition can were also recovered from inside of the house.
King has a criminal history that includes multiple firearms offenses for which he served prison time, as well as violations of probation.
This case was investigated by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John M. Gardella.
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.
Originally published at https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdfl/pr/kissimmee-felon-given-maximum-sentence-stockpiling-firearms-and-ammunition-his