LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – R. Alexander Acosta, Uni…

LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today that defendant, Jarmar Johnson, 33, of Miramar, Florida, was sentenced to ten (10) years imprisonment and three (3) years supervised release, after being convicted on February 15, 2006 following a three-day trial. The defendant was convicted of one count of possession of firearms and ammunition after conviction for a felony, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).

According to the evidence presented at trial, on approximately May 10, 2005, Johnson met three teenage girls at the Miami Greyhound station. The girls had originally run away from their homes in Oregon. Johnson offered the girls a place to stay and took them back to his house in Miramar. Once there, he attempted to force them to work for him as prostitutes. He did not allow all three girls to leave the house together and threatened them, including at gunpoint, to prevent them from fleeing. On May 13, 2005, two of the victims escaped and contacted the Miami-Dade Police Department, who in turn contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Following the girls’ directions, FBI agents and other law enforcement authorities traveled to Johnson’s house in Miramar, where they found the third girl and an adult female associate of Johnson’s. Johnson was arrested nearby. FBI agents obtained a warrant and searched Johnson’s house, finding two guns and a box of ammunition in his bedroom closet, another box of ammunition on his window sill, and additional rounds loose on his night stand. According to a stipulation, Johnson had previously been convicted of reckless endangerment in the Supreme Court of the State of New York on March 13, 1995, and of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute it in the Circuit Court of the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia on October 11, 1995. Federal law prohibits convicted felons from possessing either firearms or ammunition.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Miramar Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Marc Osborne and James Koukios.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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