U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has handed down a 15-year federal prison sentence to Terrell Robinson, 37, for charges related to firearm possession and possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances. Robinson pleaded guilty on August 14, 2023.
The sentencing follows an incident in which law enforcement officers observed Robinson engaging in a hand-to-hand drug transaction at a gas station. Upon activating their lights and sirens, Robinson fled onto Route 408. Pursuing in unmarked vehicles, officers apprehended Robinson at another gas station. At the time of his arrest, Robinson was found in possession of a firearm, ammunition, drug distribution materials, cash, baggies, scales, and various controlled substances, including fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine.
Having previously been convicted 19 times in state court, including charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and delivery of cocaine, Robinson qualified as an Armed Career Criminal and a Career Offender under federal sentencing rules.
In addition to the prison term, the court ordered Robinson to forfeit the firearm, ammunition, and cash used in the offense, which were deemed proceeds of the crime. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Orlando Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Dana E. Hill.
This prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide initiative aimed at reducing violent crime and gun violence by fostering collaboration between law enforcement and communities. The strategy, launched on May 26, 2021, emphasizes building trust in communities, supporting violence prevention through community-based organizations, setting strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring outcomes.