Orlando, Florida – United States District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Valdez Williams (61, Altamonte Springs) to 16 years and 8 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. He was also ordered to forfeit the firearm and ammunition. At the time of the offense, Williams was on federal supervised released.
Williams had been found guilty by a federal jury on October 2, 2020.
According to evidence presented at trial, during the execution of a search warrant at Williams’s apartment, law enforcement officers found a .380 caliber firearm in Williams’s bedroom safe. Officers also found stolen property and a plate of cocaine base in the apartment. Williams admitted that he sold the cocaine base and had purchased the stolen property. Williams said that he had obtained the firearm for protection because his apartment had been burglarized a month earlier.
This case was investigated by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Daniel P. Jancha and Karen L. Gable.
This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.