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Case Number: 8:20-cr-00383-CEH-AEP
Judge: Edwards Honeywell
Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Hillsborough County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
Description: Tampa, Florida felony possession of guns and ammunition charged criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Sergio Antonio Hood (36, Tampa) who was charged with possession of ammunition as a convicted felon, obstruction of justice, and attempted witness tampering.
Hood had been indicted on December 10, 2020. He has multiple prior convictions, including two federal convictions for possession of firearms as a convicted felon, and three federal convictions for distribution of controlled substances. Hood is also a registered sex offender as the result of a prior conviction for lewd and lascivious battery on a minor.
According to evidence presented at trial, on October 27, 2019, one week after meeting and beginning a relationship with a woman, Hood showed up at her home near Ybor City. Finding her sitting in a parked car with a friend, Hood pushed his assault-style rifle through the open window, pointed it at the woman’s head, and fired. The bullet missed the woman and went through the other side of the car. Hood was arrested on state charges the following day.
At the time of the shooting, Hood was on federal supervised release. As a result, he was transferred to federal custody to address his violations of the conditions of his supervised release. While in jail, Hood created a false alibi and asked a witness to testify falsely at a federal court hearing regarding those violations.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tampa Police Department, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Daniel George and Risha Asokan.
18:922G.F UNLAWFUL TRANSPORT OF FIREARMS, ETC.
18:1503.F INFLUENCE/INJURING OFFICER/JUROR/WITNESS
18:1512B.F INTIMIDATION OR FORCE AGAINST WITNESS
Outcome: Defendant pleaded guilty and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison for the ammunition and obstruction offenses, and up to, 20 years’ imprisonment for attempted witness tampering. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 9, 2021, at which time the Court will decide issues that could increase Hood’s maximum possible sentence.