Convicted felon sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possession of a firearm

Press release from U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Trevis Avante Strawder, 28, of Fort White, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after previously pleading guilty on October 26, 2022, to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The sentence was announced by Jason R. Coody, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

“The collaborative efforts of our partners in the Gainesville Gun Violence Initiative continue to produce impactful results, and we will continue working tirelessly to make North Florida safer,” said U.S. Attorney Coody. “This sentence ensures that our community will be safer and sends a message that there are real and severe consequences for federal firearm offenses.”

On August 17, 2021, Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officers responded to a 911 call reporting an armed disturbance at Woodland Park Apartments. The caller said that the male suspect with the firearm was leaving the scene in a vehicle and provided a description. Officers responding to the area located a vehicle matching the caller’s description and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle slowed in a residential neighborhood, and Strawder exited the rear driver’s side door of the vehicle and fled on foot while carrying a black bag. Officers gave chase and were able to observe Strawder running into a wooded area while no longer wearing the black bag. A GPD K-9 tracked from the scene of the attempted traffic stop to the location of a black bag, near where Strawder jumped the fence to get into the wooded area. The bag was ultimately searched and discovered to contain two loaded pistols and several different controlled substances (cocaine, crack cocaine, MDMA, MDPV, etc.).

Officers set up a perimeter in the area and were subsequently alerted that Strawder attempted to force entry into the residence of an elderly man. The homeowner was able to keep Strawder from gaining entry through the front door, and GPD officers were later able to locate and apprehend Strawder hiding in another part of the residence. Once he was apprehended, Strawder provided a false name to officers, but he was positively identified and taken into custody on charges stemming from this incident as well as other outstanding arrest warrants.

Strawder had multiple prior felony convictions, including burglary, grand theft, drug possession, possession of a firearm by a felon, and battery on a detainee. The case was brought to the attention of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who adopted the case for federal prosecution. Assistant United States Attorney Christopher M. Elsey prosecuted the case.

This federal conviction is the result of the joint efforts of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies that form the Gainesville Gun Violence Initiative (GVI). The Gainesville GVI was established in April 2019 by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida in an effort to stem the escalating gun violence in Gainesville and the surrounding areas. As GVI partners, the State Attorney’s Office for the Eighth Judicial Circuit, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Gainesville Police Department, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, the Alachua Police Department, the University of Florida Police Department, and the Florida Department of Corrections share this commitment to protecting public safety.

  • stopping thuggerism one at a time.
    otherwise, CC awaiting his release.
    coming soon near you for a wallet.
    not racism. just one w/o character.

  • At least he will serve the ten years and have a federal conviction. It may make it harder for local judges and state attorney to spin the wheel on “let’s make a deal”.

  • This is a “real” bad guy. Too bad they deactivated the GPD K9 unit hindering apprehending bad guys like this. Great job to all agencies involved in putting this clown where he belongs.

  • I’m glad these felons give themselves
    Face & neck tattoos so we can identity them easy…10 years is good for this A-hole…think he learned his lesson to not be near a gun again? What a stupid POS. Next time is 20 years or life…

    • He should be wearing stripes and on a chain gang for those 10 years… put that buck to work to pay his way and cost to society…if he tries to escape, put him down and that’l be a good ending to his criminal career.

      • outlook is relatively simple and correct. Earn the right to fresh air. And work…📐🗝🖍✏✒🖋

      • I do not agree with any criminal activity at all and believe everyone should be held accountable for their actions!!! But as far as ” BULLWINKLE” you wear RACIST on your sleeve!!🤔🤔🤔

  • Woodland Park are section 8 apts with no security, no crimewatch or gated crimewatch volunteers. Gosh, I wonder why District 1 doesn’t want a new project there? 🤔🤔

  • Should have never been on the street anyway:

    ASO08MNI010467 STRAWDER TREVIS AVANTE 08/17/2021
    Case Number Court Case Number Agency Bond Amount Status
    CASE0001 012021CF002537A GPD $250,000.00 FELON – AWAIT TRIAL
    CASE0002 012021CF002370A DOJ $0.00
    CASE0003 012021CF001273A DOJ $12,500.00 FELON – AWAIT TRIAL
    CASE0004 012021CF002318A DOJ $500,000.00 FELON – AWAIT TRIAL
    CASE0005 012021CF002539A GPD $520,000.00 FELON – AWAIT TRIAL
    CASE0006 012021CF002662A DOJ $800,000.00 FELON – AWAIT TRIAL

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