MACON, Ga. – Two armed probationers caught breaking into multiple cars in a north Macon neighborhood have both been sentenced to federal prison, said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.
Quenshon Travez Robinson, 23, of Macon, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marc Treadwell on Tuesday, September 1 to 34 months in prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to one count conspiracy to receive and possess stolen firearms. Robinson’s federal prison sentence will run consecutively to any term of imprisonment imposed in Houston County Superior Court and in Bibb County Superior Court for violation of probation. Co-defendant Deshae Amondai Floyd, 23, also of Macon, was sentenced by Judge Treadwell on August 6 to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to one count conspiracy to receive and possess stolen firearms. Floyd’s federal prison sentence will run consecutively to any term of imprisonment imposed in Bibb County Superior Court Case for violation of probation.
“Stolen firearms lead to violence in our streets, and our office will aggressively prosecute those who choose to buy, sell or possess stolen guns. These two repeat criminal offenders will now have several years in federal prison to think about the dangers of stealing guns,” said U.S. Attorney Charlie Peeler. “Thanks to the rapid response of the Bibb County Sheriff’s deputies, these offenders were quickly captured, helping restore peace to the community.”
Robinson and Floyd admitted that they broke into multiple cars in residential areas during the morning hours of Saturday, February 16, 2019. Bibb County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a citizen’s call reporting a break-in, and the deputies arrested the defendants as they attempted to flee from the scene. The men were caught with two stolen pistols and ammunition. At the time, Robinson was serving five years’ probation for Criminal Damage to Property in the Second Degree under the First Offender Act and Floyd was serving ten years’ probation for Cruelty to Children in the Second Degree under the First Offender Act. As probationers under First Offender status, it is unlawful for them to possess firearms.
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see https://www.justice.gov/projectguardian.
The case was investigated by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul McCommon is prosecuting the case for the Government. Questions can be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603 or Melissa Hodges, Public Affairs Director (Contractor), United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 765-2362.