Sanford man gets 15 years in prison for gun violation

A Sanford felon prohibited by law from possessing a firearm was sentenced to 15 years in prison for having a handgun in November.

Bobby Deon Horn, 32, pleaded guilty on May 28 to a federal charge of illegally possessing a firearm.

Senior U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp sentenced Horn on Wednesday.

Horn had a loaded gun on him when police responded to a 911 call about several men smoking marijuana near a closed post office on South Orange Blossom Trail on Nov. 23, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida said in a report.

"Horn was holding an open container of alcohol and the officers smelled the odor of marijuana on him,'' the report said. "The officers eventually searched Horn and recovered from him a loaded semiautomatic pistol, narcotic pills, and $1,481 in cash."

Horn was convicted of "multiple felony offenses, including a serious drug offense and a violent felony" before the November arrest.

"As such, Horn was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law,'' the report said.

Details of his previous arrests were not immediately available.

The Orlando Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew C. Searle.