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NFM man gets federal jail time on weapons charge

Posted at 10:17 AM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 10:17:47-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A North Fort Myers convicted felon has been sentenced to federal prison after being caught in possession of a firearm.

38-year-old Joseph Milkey has been given a sentence of 3 years, 10 months in federal prison and has been ordered to forfeit his gun.

The weapons charges stem from an incident that happened August 28th in Fort Myers.  According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Fort Myers Police responded to a call of an argument between a man and woman in the parking lot of the Sports Authority store on Colonial Boulevard.

When a sergeant approached the vehicle, Milkey attempted to flee.  When he was apprehended by officers, Milkey then pulled his arm free from the officers’ grasp, and reached into the waistband of his pants, where the sergeant observed a handgun. The firearm was secured by the officers and later identified as a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber pistol, loaded with eight rounds of ammunition.

At time of the incident, Milkey had multiple prior felony convictions and therefore was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.