LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Julie Torres, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Robert Parker, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, and Amos Rojas, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Miami Region, announced today that defendant, Michael Garrison, a third grade teacher at a Miami-Dade County public school pled guilty in Miami, Florida, to federal charges of selling guns to a convicted felon. Garrison appeared in federal court today to announce his guilty plea. Sentencing is scheduled for October 18, 2005 before United States District Court Judge Donald L. Graham.
Counts 1 through 3 of the Indictment, to which Garrison pled guilty, charge Garrison with selling an AK-47 rifle, a .308 caliber assault rifle, and a 7.62mm assault rifle to a person whom Garrison knew to be a convicted felon, in violation of the Gun Control Act of 1968, Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(d)(1).
Garrison, who is currently being held in federal custody without bond, faces a statutory maximum sentence of up to ten (10) years’ imprisonment and fines of up to $250,000 as to each of Counts 1 through 3.
The Indictment stems from an investigation that began in 2003 when agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives traced two (2) AK-47 rifles seized from a crime scene in the Miami area to Garrison. The investigation into Garrison’s firearms sales ensued with the use of undercover agents and a confidential informant and revealed that Garrison had been selling firearms to individuals from his home despite knowing that these individuals were convicted felons and legally banned from purchasing or possessing firearms.
During their investigation of Garrison, ATF Agents learned that Garrison is a 3rd grade teacher at a Miami-Dade County Public School. Garrison, who possessed a concealed weapons permit issued by the State of Florida, will lose that permit and the right to possess any firearms now that he has been convicted of the charges in the federal Indictment.
Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Miami-Dade Police Department, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement . The case was being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Melissa Damian.