Fla. man enters plea in Adel illegal firearms incident

Fla. man enters plea in Adel illegal firearms incident
Leo Haney (Source: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

ADEL, Ga. (WALB) - A Florida man was found guilty in federal court after traveling through South Georgia with six illegal long guns, according to Charlie Peeler, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

Leo Edwin Haney, 30, of Homestead, Florida, pleaded guilty to one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon before U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson on Tuesday.

Haney’s prior warrants from Florida include attempted burglary and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to Peeler’s office.

He is facing a maximum of 10 years in prison and three years parole, a release from Peeler’s office states.

A sentencing date has not been scheduled at the time.


Background:

Haney was pulled over by the Adel Police Department on August 16, 2018.

A K9 team did a free sniff on his vehicle and alerted positively, the release states.

Officers said they found a marijuana test kit, several packages of cigarillo wrappers, two gun barrels, and six long guns that were hidden in the spare tire compartment of the vehicle, under bags of clothing and other personal items.

Police said Haney admitted to knowing the guns were there and that it was illegal for him to have them.

“Removing illegal weapons from the hands of convicted felons is a critical part of a common-sense strategy to decrease violent crime, gangs, and drug trafficking across the Middle District of Georgia. We will prosecute convicted felons caught with firearms. I want to thank the Adel Police Department and the FBI for their good work in our shared commitment to make our communities safer.”
Charlie Peeler, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia

Copyright 2020 WALB. All rights reserved.