Ocala, Florida – U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the arrest of Ricky Darnell Franklin, Jr. (30, Ocala) on an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm as a convicted felon . If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. Franklin had been charged on May 24, 2022.
According to the indictment, Franklin has four prior state felony convictions, including two convictions for attempted second-degree murder with a firearm (2010), shooting at or into an occupied vehicle (2010), and possession. of a firearm by an offender (2010). On September 30, 2021, Franklin owned a handgun. As a convicted felon, Franklin is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.
An indictment is simply an allegation that an accused has committed a federal criminal offense. All accused are presumed innocent unless and until their guilt is proven.
This case is being investigated by the City of Ocala Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Hannah Nowalk.
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 all. . On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a Violent Crime Reduction Strategy strengthening the NSP based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community organizations that help prevent violence, establishing targeted and strategic strategies implementation priorities and measurement of results.