A Fort Myers man was handed a 10-year federal prison sentence Tuesday in connection with a 2020 shooting in an apartment complex parking lot.
Jamar Maurice James, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell for possessing ammunition as a convicted felon. James pleaded guilty Jan. 13.
According to court documents, shortly after 3 a.m. on Feb. 17, 2020, Fort Myers police responded to a “ShotSpotter” gunfire locator alert at the Jones Walker Palm Gardens Apartments in Fort Myers.
Officers didn’t find anyone wounded but did discover six spent ammunition cartridge casings in the apartment complex parking lot. A subsequent investigation found that James had discharged an AK-47 firearm in the parking lot of the complex and then fled before police arrived.
James had previously been convicted of six felonies, including multiple prior convictions for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and was prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm or ammunition.
The case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. For more information on Project Guardian, visit www.justice.gov/projectguardian.